Tenants facing crisis as rent rises and allowances are cut
CUTS to rent supplement and lone parents are only one aspect of a growing accommodation crisis in Wexford, says Councillor Anthony Kelly.
He has accused the ruling coalition of forcing vulnerable tenants into unwinnable negotiations with landlords with the very real threat of homelessness hanging over them.
The Sinn Fein member says that while rent supplements are being reduced, average rents in Wexford are rising.
Cllr Kelly's comments about rising rents appear to be backed up by the latest report by property website Daft.ie which says that 'in the South-East counties of Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny, rents rose by an average of 6.4 per cent in the year to June 2015, compared to a rise of 4.9 per cent a year previously.'
In Wexford, it said, rents were on average 4.9 per cent higher in the second quarter of 2015 than a year previously. The average advertised rent is now €600, up 11 per cent from their lowest point in 2013.
Cllr Kelly said that with the new school year looming, families have been issued letters by Joan Burton's department that raise the real prospect of being unable to afford their rent.
'This means that some people know where in Wexford their children will be going to school this September, but that there may be no properties available at the new rent caps in the area by the time the school year ends,' he told this newspaper, 'Social protection needs to begin to negotiate directly with landlords to try and use it's size to achieve savings in the rent supplement budget. Similarly the government's proposed spending on social housing is simply not adequate'.