Fianna Fáil looks at rent-a-room scheme – Irish Examiner

Tax incentives for small landlords and for rural home owners to rent out rooms will be among Fianna Fáil’s general election promises.

Party leader Micheál Martin also maintains rents are too high and need to be controlled.

Mr Martin defended his party’s record on home building during previous housing crises. However, he said more radical measures were needed, in particular to help young renters and buyers, or there would be an implosion in society.

“We’re looking for tax incentive facilitation or tax rates and incentives for smaller landlords in particular,” he said.

The party’s core housing strategy for the looming election will be about boosting supply. Nonetheless, Mr Martin believes many small landlords need help to stay in the market. Furthermore, there should be more incentives, particularly in rural areas to rent out a room.

“We need more landlords in the market,” he said. “We’re losing landlords as well, but

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