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Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Mattie McGrath: I thank the Deputies for putting forward the Bill. It is a very important issue but how many more times will we debate it? This huge problem is becoming more acute by the week literally. It is an awful situation. We then come into the Chamber and start demonising landlords and painting them as bad. The vast majority of landlords are decent people and there are some rogues. The...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Cian O'Callaghan: The Social Democrats will support this Bill going on to Committee Stage. Any issues with it, technical or otherwise, can of course be engaged with then. While we would take a somewhat different approach in respect of solutions in this regard, we very much support the direction, intent and principle of this legislation. There is a real lack of urgency from the Government on this issue....

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Seán Canney: I welcome the opportunity to contribute on this legislation. When we are talking about rent reviews, we must discuss several aspects. Before I go any further, I must state that I have a vested interest. I have properties that I have rented out. We do, however, need to regulate rents. We need to set standards that are fair for both the renter and landlord. A rent authority would probably...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I thank People Before Profit for the Bill bringing forward We agree it should proceed to Committee Stage and we, of course, support the principle of reducing rents in the private rental sector. There are issues to be teased out in committee but I urge the Government to allow the Bill to proceed. Rents in Cork in the first quarter of this year were more than 10% higher than in the same...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: Rents in this country have reached record levels and the situation in Dublin is a crisis. Rents are more than 50% higher than they were at the peak of the Celtic tiger in 2008. This is causing misery for my constituents in Dublin Bay North. We must conclude that the housing market has failed. We need much stronger State intervention to increase supply through the direct building of social...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Johnny Mythen: There is a perception that the rental crisis is just in cities and larger towns. I can categorically say that every town and village is impacted by this crisis. The Government's failure to tackle the escalating disaster is causing social and economic upheaval among our younger generation, leaving people with no chance ever to own their own home or save for a deposit. The latest reports on...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Martin Kenny: We support the Bill. We see spiralling rents in every part of the country. I raised Knocknashee and Tobercurry with the Taoiseach a couple of months ago. People there were paying €800 a month in rent, then the landlord increased it to €1,500 a month overnight. That happened to ten people in a housing estate, because the landlord owned many houses there. The Government made...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Pauline Tully: I thank People Before Profit for tabling this motion. Reducing rents in the private rental sector should be central to the Government's aims but it seems that a continuation of pro-developer subsidies is the main concern. The option of renting is impossible for more and more people. The latest report from daft.ie states that rents increased by 11.7% across the State in one year, from the...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Patricia Ryan: This Bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 by limiting rents to a maximum to a quarter of monthly household incomes. Sinn Féin supports the objective of this Bill and has proposed a number of different ways to achieve it. Over the last decade, average rents have more than doubled. In the last year alone, rents in Kildare have increased by almost 8%, and by a whopping 112%...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: Renters desperately need a break. Renters are paying rents that are far too high, and they are continuing to rise. Tenancies are increasingly insecure and there is a very significant rise in family homelessness, as evidenced in Dublin. The most recent daft.ierent register shows that the cost of an average rent for a whole year is €24,000. In Cork city, the Taoiseach's constituency,...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Mark Ward: I thank People Before Profit for the opportunity to discuss rents today. Already put to the pin of their collar, renters struggling with exorbitant rents are now even worse off during this cost-of-living crisis. Families simply cannot afford high rents on top of the increases in the cost of childcare, food and energy. What is the solution to reduce sky-high rents? One solution is to...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Not shouting; projecting.

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Peter Burke: -----but they are putting forward no solutions. At least they are consistent in one thing: object, object, object.

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: The Minister of State's intervention is totally illogical. He has just said the Government's interventions in housing are targeted, legally sound and effective. Is this why, when polled and asked, the majority of people in the State say that housing is the number one issue for them? Is this because the Government has been so successful in its targeting, its legally sound legislation, its...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Peter Burke: I thank the Deputies for bringing forward this Bill. However, the Government will be opposing it. Aside from its technical and practical operational shortcomings, it would in all likelihood quickly face significant risk of legal challenge and is likely to have a severely detrimental effect on the supply of much-needed rental property. The Government is acutely aware that rents are very...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Paul Murphy: Yesterday, when questioned about this at Leaders' Questions , the Taoiseach said if we passed this Bill to reduce rents for ordinary people, there would be no landlords left in Ireland. Across the country, thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of people who are struggling to pay €2,000 or €2,500 of rent per month and others who live at home well into their late 20s or 30s because...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Peter Burke: Does that include those from the Opposition?

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Paul Murphy: All across the House. The vast majority of the landlords are on the Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael side and among the Independents who voted with the Government. If those landlords absented themselves tonight, as they should, and said it is too much to do with them, will impact their income and that it is clearly inappropriate for them to vote, there is every chance this Bill would pass. It...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I am sharing time with Deputy Paul Murphy. The Title of the Bill should make clear what we are trying to achieve here. For the vast majority of people who are impacted by the current housing crisis, the need for a Bill that will reduce the extortionate, frankly obscene and completely unaffordable rent levels is more than patently...

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