Tánaiste proposes body to regulate housing rental sector

Joan Burton wants body with specific powers to control rent prices

Tánaiste Joan Burton: has proposed the establishment of a rent regulator as part of the Government’s housing package. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton: has proposed the establishment of a rent regulator as part of the Government’s housing package. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

 

Tánaiste Joan Burton has proposed the establishment of a rent regulator as part of the Government’s housing package.

The two Coalition parties are at odds over proposals to solve the housing crisis, with rent certainty measures proving to be the most difficult aspect. The Tánaiste has now proposed a body which would be given specific powers to control rent prices.

The initiative was raised with Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, who are tasked with preparing a package on the housing crisis.

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The agency has the power only to advise the Government on issues relating to the rental market and cannot interfere to tackle rising rents.

A Government source said: “This is at the very early stages and the finer details will need to be worked out.”

The proposal will be considered at a Cabinet subcommittee on housing with the Taoiseach next week.

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At a parliamentary party meeting this week, Labour politicians rallied around Mr Kelly, the party’s deputy leader. A Labour source said party members were strongly supportive of Mr Kelly’s proposals on the subject.

However, one added: “Alan needs to start making some friends now. We need this to be sorted and it won’t be if the two Ministers refuse to budge.”