Rent controls likely to be introduced in Limerick

Proposed legislation debated in Dail Eireann

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Rent controls likely to be introduced in Limerick

The Minister for Housing has confirmed that restrictions on rental increases are likely to be introduced in Limerick early near year in a bid to stabalise the market.

Simon Coveney made his comments in the Dail this Thursday evening during a debate on the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016.

Addressing the house, Minister Coveney confirmed that Dublin and Cork City will be designated as Rent Pressure Zones as soon as the bill becomes law.

“In those areas, annual rent increases will be limited to a maximum amount of 4%. An area will be designated as a rent pressure zone for a period of three years and the provisions limiting rent increases will apply both at the start of a tenancy and at each rent review,” he said.

As had been expected the minster confirmed that other areas of the country, including Limerick, will also be designated as RPZs during 2017.

“I have also given a commitment that we will prioritise the areas that are likely to see new rent pressure zones outside of Cork city and the four Dublin local authority areas. We will be looking at counties like Meath, Louth, Kildare and Wicklow and cities like Waterford, Limerick and Galway, and areas contiguous to Cork city as they are the obvious areas that are likely to see new rent pressure zones, as the RTB provides data on the basis of local electoral areas,” he explained.

The debate on the proposed legislation is due to resume on Friday afternoon.