Introduction of new rent pressure zones a sign of failure – Galway Advertiser

The extension of the rent pressure zones (RPZ ), while welcome for tenants in the area, is a sign of the Government’s failing housing policy in Galway, according to a Galway-East TD.

Fianna Fáil TD Anne Rabbitte’s comments came after 19 new RPZs were introduced on Monday including Athenry-Oranmore and Gort/Kinvara in Galway. These designated areas will mean rents cannot be increased by more than four per cent per annum.

Deputy Rabbitte says although it is welcome news for those facing regular rent increases, it is another “test” the Government is failing.

She says: “It is bittersweet that Athenry-Oranmore is now classed as a RPZ. It is welcome for those in private rented accommodation who have faced regular price increases. Yet today’s classification is another sign that the housing crisis is only getting worse.

“We know rental costs are soaring across the country. This is due to a lack of

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