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‘Worsening housing emergency in Laois exposed by latest Daft.ie rent report’

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Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has demanded that the Minister for Housing ‘take emergency action to tackle run away rents’ in Laois.

Deputy Stanley was speaking after the latest report painted a bleak picture for the situation in the county.

He said: “It is clear that there is a growing housing emergency in Laois and the latest Daft.ie rent report has set a new record.

“In the last 12 months, new rents have increased by an average of 15% in Laois to €1,282 a month or €15,384 a year.

“These huge sums are clearly unaffordable for the vast majority of people in Laois. The housing crisis is spiralling out of control and must be stopped.

“According to the Daft.ie research, its much cheaper to get a mortgage than to rent. The problem for many people renting is that they can’t save for a deposit on a home to get a mortgage.

“It’s clear that the Rent Pressure Zones are not limiting rent increases to 2% a year, they are not working in Laois.”

Deputy Stanley called on the Housing Minister to take emergency action to tackle the issue.

“Minister O’Brien needs to take emergency action and tackle run away rents. This means a three year ban on rent increases and a properly designed refundable tax credit to put a month’s rent back into every private renter’s pocket.

“It also means increasing and accelerating the delivery of genuinely affordable cost rental homes.

“Not only are the Government’s affordable cost rental targets too low, they aren’t even meeting these.

“Less than 500 cost-rental homes are expected to be available this year. The schemes are badly designed and too much bureaucracy imposed on Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies is preventing the delivery of more homes at a faster pace.’’

“Shockingly, Minister Darragh O’Brien recently said that there is no housing emergency.

“Well, anyone reading the latest Daft.ie rent report would beg to differ. People affected by this crisis every day in Laois would not agree with Minister O’Brien.

“Government should have supported the Sinn Féin motion in the Dáil this week declaring a housing emergency and they should be introducing emergency measures to help struggling renters.

“Renters can’t be expected to keep waiting, they need to see action to tackle the housing crisis now.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.