Elaine Byrne: Rent control will make things worse

Peter McVerry’s call for a rent freeze to solve the homeless crisis is emotional rhetoric

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Elaine Byrne

22nd August, 2015
The homeless crisis is worsening, but rent control will have unintended consequences Picture: Collins.

Peter McVerry is wrong. Rent controls are not the answer to Ireland’s homelessness crisis.

McVerry called for new legislation to freeze rents on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland last Wednesday. The situation was “beyond crisis” he said, noting that the number of families in emergency accommodation had risen from 410 in January to 659 in July. Threshold, Focus Ireland and the Simon Community have also made the clarion call for rent caps.

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