Housing is Government’s “biggest issue” before election, insists Kelly

Housing is Government’s “biggest issue” before election, insists Kelly

Minster for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he takes no issue “more seriously” than the housing crisis.

He was speaking in the Dail as the Coalition row over his efforts to introduce rent certainty measures continued.

His remarks came as it emerged that almost 6,000 complaints have been made to the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) by landlords and tenants over the last 10 months.

“There is no issue I spend more time on,” Mr Kelly said.

“The biggest issue we have is a growing economy which has created this pressure. We also have a problem in relation to the private rental sector because there is a small percentage of unscrupulous landlords.

“We do need to ensure that tenants are protected.”

Mr Kelly said that the issue of rapidly rising rents needed a whole-of-Government approach but he expected an outcome from discussions shortly.

“We have been caught in the perfect storm of the property crash. We have a dysfunctional sector.”

Figures obtained by the Herald show that the PRTB has had to become involved in a flood of disputes since the start of the year.

One in three of the cases takes between three and four months before a resolution is found, while the worst rows have taken more than seven months to process.

Tanaiste Joan Burton has proposed beefing up the powers of the PRTB to play a more significant role in setting rents as part of a plan to settle the row between Mr Kelly and the Department of Finance over the introduction of rent certainty.

A Labour spokesperson last night confirmed that plans to link rent increases to the Consumer Price Index are “unlikely to materialise”.

In the Dail yesterday, Fianna Fail’s Micheal Martin described the ongoing talks as “chaotic”.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny responded to Mr Martin saying he hopes an agreement between Mr Kelly and Finance Minister Michael Noonan will be reached in the coming week.

He said the “real problem” is lack of supply.

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  2. Jac at 7:06 pm

    Why is this minister always blaming Landlords for this housing crisis – does he not see the problems with supply, the noose around landlords necks in terms of regulations and taxes.

    Can he not see that he is causing more panic with his comments and actions and making the matter worse?
    Who will invest in the market in with all this “carry-on” and how does he expect landlord to meet up with all the outgoings imposed on them by the government?

    Can somebody in the government not call this minister to order?

    If he his not blaming Landlords, he will be blaming the council or the members of his coalition party.
    why blame blame blame?
    Can he not get his fingers out and start building if it is all that easy?
    I am just tired of this man and his blaming games!

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