'Rent certainty' can bring benefits for all
Environment Minister Alan Kelly favours the term "rent certainty". That is probably because it is less likely to frighten his Government partners in Fine Gael than talk about "rent controls". But, call it what you will, it has a lot of potential for good.
For a variety of historical reasons, Irish people like to own their own homes. But the economic turmoil of the past decade has forced many people to fall back on the private-rental sector.
Private landlords now comprise a big segment of the housing market. In the bigger population centres - Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Galway - up to one in three families is in private-rented accommodation.