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To: Minister for Housing Darragh O'Brien
Freeze rent increases now
Introduce a freeze on rent increases across Ireland as soon as possible.
Why is this important?
Rents are increasing every quarter across the country in urban and rural settings at an unsustainable rate. Rents are increasing more than the cap limits in rent pressure zones where they are in effect. Many places fall outside the designated rent pressure zones are increasing at even higher rates and are not covered by any rent cap linked to inflation, the previous 3% rate or the new suggested 2%. E.g. Waterford rents went up 15.9% since this time last year.
These 'rent caps' are still rent increases and we cannot afford increases. Landlords are taking advance of the housing crisis by hiking up prices because of demand. Renters are being put under more pressure to pay higher rents more despite their wages not increasing in line with it. We cannot handle any more increases, we need a rent freeze now.
Daft 2021 Q3 report: https://ww1.daft.ie/report/ronan-lyons-2021q3-daftrentalprice/infographic?d_rd=1
Uplift's People's Housing Plan: https://www.uplift.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/14930_Uplift_housing_report_WEB-1.pdf
Photo credit: RTE, Raise the Roof protest 2018