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Peter McVerry Trust welcomes move to introduce rent certainty
Peter McVerry Trust has welcomed proposals from Minister Alan Kelly to introduce indexed linked rents and to fix rent prices for periods of three years.
Commenting on the announcement Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “The announcement by Minister Kelly to introduce legislation to tackle price increases in the rental market is positive. We have been quite vocal in highlighting the problems that spiralling rents are causing particularly with regards to homelessness.”
“There has been a very clear trend in people losing private accommodation and ending up homeless. Similarly, we have seen a dramatic fall off in the number of people leaving homeless services for private rental accommodation. Both of these are trends are very clearly linked to unaffordable rents.”
“The Government has now made two significant announcements in recent weeks with legislation to end discrimination against rent supplement recipients and to bring about indexed linked rents. It seems that the Government is listening and acting upon the issues that are raised around housing and homelessness.”
“Peter McVerry Trust’s primary concern is how these measures will help those households who are homeless and those at risk of losing their private rental accommodation. We already know that rental prices are unaffordable and significantly beyond the reach of households on rent supplement. Peter McVerry Trust would now urge the Government to raise rent supplement levels to meet market rents at the same time as this new legislation is brought into force.”