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2nd April 2019 | Housing

Extension of Rent Pressure Zones to 2021 welcome, but long term solutions needed – Catherine Martin TD

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In a reply to a question by Catherine Martin TD in the Dáil today An Tánaiste Simon Coveney has confirmed that the Government will be extending Rent Pressures Zones to the end of 2021.

Green Party Deputy Leader and TD for Dublin Rathdown Catherine Martin said:

“The news that Rent Pressure Zones will be extended to the end of 2021 will be a significant relief to those in rented accommodation who were facing substantial rent increases at the end of this year/start of next year if the RPZs had lapsed.

“While the extension to 2021 will be welcome for many, it is still a short term solution and shows little ambition for our rental communities. With growing numbers in long-term rental situations we need long-term solutions to affordability and security. Ad hoc approaches simply won’t suffice

“The indication from the Tánaiste that criteria for an area to qualify for the RPZ will be changed from an area having to be above the national average will be welcome for rural areas of Ireland, as Dublin’s impact on the averages has excluded them from being included. I look forward to hearing the full details on this point when Minister Murphy releases his plans.

“However, there are still significant concerns in relation to RPZs. We have seen that even where RPZs exist, rent has continued to surge. This is due mostly to a lack of enforcement – either on rogue landlords who are increasing rent beyond the cap on existing tenants or by landlords who increase the rents above the cap where there has been a change of tenancy. If Government are serious about curbing the growth of rents, then they need to crackdown on these issues.”