Dáil debates

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Rent Certainty Bill 2016: First Stage

 

12:10 pm

Photo of Eoin Ó BroinEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to amend the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 to provide for rent certainty in the private rental market by linking changes in rent arising from a rent review to the Consumer Price Index.

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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Is the Bill being opposed?

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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No.

Question put and agreed to.

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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Since this is a Private Members' Bill, Second Stage must, under Standing Orders, be taken in Private Members' time.

Photo of Eoin Ó BroinEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."

The amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act is very straightforward. It seeks to ensure that future rent reviews are linked to the consumer price index. This is an issue on which the last Government deliberated but, unfortunately, it chose not to address it. I appeal to the Minister responsible for housing to reconsider this matter as part of the action plan for housing. We have tabled the motion because we are seeking to introduce change through legislation.

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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Which Bill?

Photo of Eoin Ó BroinEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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The Rent Certainty Bill. It is of great importance, particularly to stop the flow of families into homelessness because of the spiralling cost of rent. I urge the Minister to give it active consideration.

Question put and agreed to.