Rent Controls: Taming the bucking bronco

While Simon Coveney vows to get the wild beast of rents under control and has managed to rein in Fianna Fáil for now, Fine Gael faces a tough ride in the New Year

18th December, 2016
Simon Coveney: efforts to tame out-of-control rental market

Minister for Housing,Simon Coveney, declared at the launch of his rental strategy last week that he was putting a bridle on a horse that has been effectively out of control for the last two years.

His predecessor Alan Kelly was similarly hopeful that his two-year rent freeze would work – yet rents have continued to rise as more tenants face their annual reviews.

But what Coveney certainly achieved was to rein in Fianna Fáil....

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