Revision of Rent Supplement Allowance

Doyle Pushes for Revision of Rent Supplement

While we all like to hear about economic green shoots people in need of housing will take little comfort from a recent DAFT.ie report predicting double -digit rent inflation this year. Not surprisingly the highest increases are being seen in Dublin (11% Year – On -Year in December) and the surrounding commuter belt counties. For people relying on the rent supplement in Greystones, Charlesland, Delgany and Kilcoole this is not good news.

Rents in the area are on the rise. Certain steps have been taken to ease the burden on genuine tenants with the maximum rent limits for Bray, Greystones and Delgany being revised last Dceember.

This alone is not enough. If rents continue to rise tenants will find themselves in a position where they will be forced to fork out more to fill the gap between the rent supplement and the market rent. The next review is scheduled for December. How high will market rents be by then?

wicklowtimesIf the maximum rent limits are too low and tenants are forced to pay above the maximum rent limits they risk losing the supplement altogether.

Meanwhile the obvious solution of building suitable houses to accomodate those on hosuing lists and – simultaneously – reduce rent inflation seems to have bypassed govenment thinking.

For these reasons I am calling on the Government to revise the maximum rental figures for tenants receiving rent supplement in Greystones, Kilcoole and Charlesland. This needs to happen sooner rather than later.

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