Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on the government to introduce an immediate rent freeze and a refundable renters tax credit.
This comes as the Focus Ireland report published this morning shows that most homeless families surveyed in Dublin were homeless due to the loss of their private rented accommodation.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The Focus Ireland report reaffirms what they and other stakeholders have been saying for over two years now, that most families accessing homeless services were there due to the loss of their private rented home.
“The rental market is broken, and low and modest families and singles are facing the brunt of this dysfunctional system.
“Sinn Féin has called for the government to introduce an immediate rent freeze for current and new tenancies. This needs to be combined with a refundable renter’s tax credit worth a month’s rent.
“It’s is hugely unfair that landlords can benefit from mortgage interest relief, while tenants get nothing back.
“We also need for a major programme of State-led investment in affordable cost rental accommodation.”