People Before Profit have said that they are deeply concerned about reports presented by the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) that rents are continuing to rise and are approaching boom levels. According to reports in the Irish Independent Dublin rents were €104 more expensive at the end of 2014 as opposed to the same time the year before. People Before Profit have reiterated the call for a radical and comprehensive rethink out our housing strategy and the introduction of rent regulation.
People Before Profit spokesperson and general election candidate, Bríd Smith, has said “we demand that this government do something about this crisis that will only deepen if they rely on private landlords.
“On Morning Ireland today, Senator Aideen Hayden said there are people in ‘generation rent’, well at the moment there are thousands of people in ‘generation homeless’
“We at People Before Profit are calling for a radical alternative social housing policy to be implemented as quickly as possible. Private rental accommodation is not the answer. There is an serious need for rent regulation in this country.
“I would ask the Minister, Alan Kelly, to outline a programme for social housing as a matter of urgency as it would seem that we are sleepwalking through a housing crisis that is getting deeper”. said Bríd Smith
People Before Profit are hosting the Right2Housing conference on Saturday 28 March, in the Academy Plaza Hotel on Cathal Brugha Street in Dublin, starting at 10.30 am and finishing at 4.30 pm.