Peggy Nolan (FG) and Gerry Warnock (Ind) pictured. Picture: Michelle Ghee
Councillors and local representatives in the Longford vicinity are singing off the same hymn sheet as of late, with many calls to cap any rent review increases.
The first call was made by Cllr Gerry Warnock, who issued a notice of motion to Longford County Council (LCC) urging them to amend the terms of the current rent review to cap increases at €25. He also called for a further review to be carried out next year and annually thereafter.
“From my engagement with constituents, it appears that too many households are being hit with substantial hikes, which due to the long gap between the previous review, is disproportionate to annual increases in household income rates.” he noted.
Cllr Warnock said his personal research has shown that 34% of households have seen their rent increase by a minimum of €25.
“I urge the Executive to defer the implementation of the rent review until further evaluation is carried out based on my proposal."
Local Sinn Féin representatives Ballymahon candidate Geraldine Ryan Devlin and Longford town representative, Tena Keown, echoed Warnock's calls, calling any increases illogical.
Geraldine Ryan: “Many local authority houses fall below the standard of private rented accommodation, asking those on limited incomes to bear the brunt of unsustainable rent increases is completely unacceptable.”
Tena Keown said they have come across many constituents with issues relating to dampness, mould, central heating and windows in their homes.
“These issues need to be addressed by the executive of Longford County Council in conjunction with a rent review in order to provide for quality homes that fall within the sustainable budgets of Longford families.”