Rent break

Jan O'Sullivan TD

LABOUR Party Housing Spokesperson Jan O’Sullivan says it is time for a rent freeze to be introduced to give renters much-needed relief.

It comes as the latest quarterly rental report from shows that average rents in Ireland have risen again to record highs.

The report indicates an average rent in Limerick of €1,219, representing increases of up to six per cent to the end of September.

“After more than three years, it is clear that the Government has failed to get the rental crisis under control. Rent pressure zones are failing to cap rents in an affordable way and the four per cent annual increases for those that are in leases are simply too high,” Deputy O’Sullivan said.