Sinn Féin spokesperson for Roscommon, Claire Kerrane, has said that further rent increases in Roscommon and in every county across the state is further evidence that Government policy is failing renters.
Speaking on the latest Daft.ie rent report, which was published on Tuesday, Kerrane said: “The Daft.ie Q2 2019 rent report shows that rents are continuing to rise to increasingly unaffordable levels for most people. The average rent for new tenancies across the State now stands at an all-time high of €1,391. The number of available rental properties is the lowest since Daft.ie reports started in 2006 with just 2,700 homes available.
“In County Roscommon, rents have increased by 12.4% on this time last year - a huge increase for already struggling renters. Average rents in the county now stand at €722.
“The government’s strategy for the rental sector is clearly not working and Rent Pressure Zones offer no protections for new renters.
“We need to see a rent freeze for existing and new tenancies introduced, alongside a renters tax credit worth a month’s rent.
“The government must also demonstrate its commitment to affordable cost rental accommodation by local authorities and approved housing bodies,” she said.