atest press release from Deputy Jennifer Whitmore, issued on Tuesday, November 22nd 2022…
Wicklow TD Jennifer Whitmore has said that renters are finding Wicklow less affordable than ever.
Speaking about the most recent Daft.ie quarterly report, published today, Deputy Whitmore said: “Wicklow has seen a 16.6% increase in rents in the last year, that is above the national average of 14.1%. Affordability has become a nonstarter nationally, and it’s hitting home here in Wicklow. Living in Wicklow is becoming a pipedream for renters.
“For example, the average rent of a two-bed home in Wicklow is now standing at €1,523 per month. That is a 14.4% increase on rent for a property that size since this time last year.
“What I am seeing locally is that renters are having to move further south and to other counties altogether in some cases. This often requires pulling their children from their schools, having to move away from their extended families and their community, on which they rely. This makes for a lack of social cohesion and fragmented communities.
“The latest Daft.ie report is a stark reminder of the scale of the crisis, both in terms of increased rents and the shrinking supply of properties. With just 27 properties listed for Co. Wicklow on Daft.ie as of this morning, it is clear that the shortage of supply is driving up rents to unsustainable levels.
“The figures show that the Government’s housing plan is an abject failure. The Government have been patting themselves on the back on the basis that 28,000 homes are predicted to be delivered this year. This is despite a consensus that at least 40,000 new build homes are needed each year.
“We need an end to constant Government spin on housing and a new focus instead on delivering homes that are affordable to rent and buy.”
Daft.ie Rental Price Report (Q3, 2022) can be viewed in full here. Daft.ie listings for Co. Wicklow can viewed here. March 2022 mortgage report here.
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