Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne has slammed the Government over continuing rising rents in Louth and has called on all Louth TDs to support the progression of Sinn Féin’s Rent Freeze Bill.
Cllr Byrne said,
“The latest quarterly data from the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) shows that rents have increased another 1.3% in Louth with the average rent in the county now reaching €1,010 per month, an increase of 6.8% on this time last year.
“The rents in Drogheda are exceeding €1,100 significantly higher than the northern or mid parts of the county. Unlike the Minister who is living in cloud cuckoo land, I know many renters in Drogheda struggling to meet rent payments that are far in excess of these figures.”
The RTB report contains facts which Cllr Byrne describes as ‘startling’:
- The average rent across the rest of the State is now €1,243 per month, an increase of 8% on last year.
- The average rent is now over €1,000 euro in seven counties across the State.
Cllr Byrne asked “When is enough, enough? There is nothing stable about the private rented sector for most tenants and the insistence of the Minister with responsibility for the sector claiming otherwise is not just delusional but worrying. Rent pressure zones are not working. Rents are too high and are continuing to rise even in areas like Drogheda where tenants are supposedly guarded by these RPZ’s.
“We need to reduce and freeze rents immediately. The Sinn Féin bill passed second stage in the Dáil last Thursday with huge support and must be progressed and I am calling on all TDs in Louth to step up, do the right thing by your constituents and support its progression.
“We also need to see investment in affordable cost rental projects to offer renters long term solutions”