Rents have increased by a whopping 13% this year in Co Kildare, according to a new report. Statistics reveal that there were no properties available for a single person or couple in this county during August. 92% of properties available to rent are priced beyond the reach of those in receipt of rent supports, a rental sector snapshot study by the Simon Communities in Ireland has found. The average cost of a one - bedroom property in Co Kildare is €795 while a two- bedroom is €1,100.
Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities, is appealing for incentives for landlords whose tenants are in receipt of Rent Supplement and HAP. Ms Randall said: "The findings from this study are clear - we are just moving from a bad situation to one which is much worse. Rent Supplement/Hap limits are simply too low as rents continue to escalate and this is causing people to become homeless as well as preventing people from leaving homelessness behind. These limits must be increased and the long awaited rent certainty measures must be introduced in Budget 2016 for this Government to start moving towards proactively addressing the crisis. This is about political will, the Government have the power to implement the changes needed. We urge them to do this on Budget day.”
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