Sinn Féin Deputy calls for emergency rent reduction and freeze measure – Galway Advertiser

Longford/Westmeath Sinn Féin Deputy, Sorca Clarke, has called for the implementation of an emergency three year rent reduction and freeze following the publication of the Q4 Residential Tenancies Board index analysis which revealed the continuing escalation of rent premiums in the county.

“Rents in Westmeath have increased by 10.1 percent and this confirms the need for an emergency three year rent reduction and freeze.

“The Q4 Residential Tenancies Board rent index shows rents continuing to rise across, not just within the county of Westmeath, but throughout the country.

“Every single county in the state, including Westmeath, have seen their rents rise in the last 12 months by more than four percent. In Westmeath, rents have increased by 10.1 percent which represents a real financial burden on low and modest income renters and that was before the COVID-19 surge in unemployment.

“No doubt the Government will spin the line that the

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