Wednesday 23 May 2018

Rents in south Dublin now average €2,000 per month – Dáil told

Outspoken: TD Richard Boyd Barrett Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Outspoken: TD Richard Boyd Barrett Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
John Downing

John Downing

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has been accused of "tokenism" by announcing a law to criminalise landlords who increase rents by more than the permitted 4pc per year.

People Before Profit (PBP) TD, Richard Boyd Barrett, cited recent reports on Independent.ie about questionable behaviour by landlord Christian Carter.

He said Mr Carter’s record of overcrowding and poor conditions showed how poor the supervisory authorities were.

Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, said Deputy Boyd Barrett should not be naming people in the Dáil. But Mr Boyd Barrett said the landlord had been named on Independent.ie.

The PBP TD said rents in Dublin "for a very average property" were running at €1,800 per month and in South Dublin was €2,000 per month. He said in practice, people on low incomes had no hope of getting a home as landlords will not take tenants on Housing Assistance Payment schemes.

Mr Barrett said threats to prosecute landlords who exceeded the 4pc rent increase cap amounted to "tokenism".

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the reality was people were paying the high rents in the market. He said it was not feasible for government to cap rents and this had already been established.

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