South Meath Landlords upping Rents – Killian

South Meath Landlords upping Rents – Killian

Labour Minister Burton fails to Act

The continuous refusal by Labour Minister Joan Burton to amend upwards rent supplement levels for County Meath Housing Applicants has been severely criticised by Ratoath Councillor Nick Killian. This at a time when rent for properties are being increased by amounts up to 100 euro extra per month, ruling out the opportunity for Housing applicants on the lengthy Meath County Council housing list to rent. Killian stated: “This failure by Joan Burton to review Meath levels of Rent Supplement is now creating a situation where sitting tenants here in Ratoath are facing eviction as landlords want to increase rents due to the shortage of rental properties and in addition are refusing to take rent supplement from prospective tenants, thereby discriminating against those who find themselves in this situation. Last week I had three representations from Ratoath residents who have been asked to vacate the property unless they can pay the increased rent that greedy landlords want to charge. I cannot understand as to why Burton has reviewed upwards rent supplement in Wicklow and Kildare and not Meath, what has Meath ever done to her? Can her Local LabourDeputy not persuade her, why? What Burton will now force is the uprooting of Meath families who need accommodation to move to Dublin, Fingal, where supplements are 250 per month higher than County Meath. I am now campaigning for the past 18 months on this issue and will continue to so until this uncaring Labour Minister recognises the needs of those less well off in Co Meath.”

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