The average price of rent is higher than it was this time last year, according to the Rental Price Report for the third quarter of 2020. The increase has seen criticism aimed at the government.

David Gardiner – Workers’ Party Palmerstown-Fonthill, said:
“The fact that rent is still on the rise nationally shows that, despite the government spin, not enough is being done to fight the housing crisis. They would like to give the impression that they’re getting houses built and that things are getting better, but the figures clearly show that’s not the case.”

Continuing, he stated:
“Of the 54 markets covered in the report, rents have gone up in 30 of them. Between June and September of this year, rent rose by 1.5%. It has also risen by 1.2% compared to this time last year. Rents in my own area of west Dublin have gone up too. It would be one thing to have this level of an increase if we weren’t still in a housing crisis, which has been made worse by the loss of earnings many have faced as a result of COVID-19.”

“The Workers’ Party calls for better legislation of the private rental market immediately, while also recognising that the solution to the housing crisis is public housing on public land.”
He concluded.