Concern over rising rents and limited number of houses for rent in Leitrim

Fiona Heavey & Leonie McKiernan

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Fiona Heavey & Leonie McKiernan

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The number of homes available to rent remains at the lowest levels on record.

Concerns over rent prices and the number of houses available to rent were brought up at Carrick-on-Shannon and Manorhamilton Municpal Meetings this month.

A lack of available accommodation for long term rentals is have a huge impact on tenant's abilities to secure housing through the HAP Scheme, Cllr Seadhna Logan has said in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Speaking at the recent municipal meeting, Cllr Logan warned that the “long term rental sector” in the county town is drying up.
“Airbnb and short term rentals are having a huge impact on the availability of accommodation in Carrick-on-Shannon,” he said adding that he had been on daft.ie and checked the price of rentals in Carrick-on-Shannon, Dromod and surrounding areas finding that, almost without exception, these properties were be well outside of the price range a HAP Scheme participant could afford.
He asked if the Council has a long-term strategy to “deal with these challenges going forward.”
In response he was told that the Council continues to work with social housing applicants on the waiting list to secure accommodation through the private housing market under the RAS, Leasing and HAP schemes.
“Under HAP legislation, limits for HAP payments are based on the number of the people in a household and the rental market in the locality.

In Manorhamilton Cllr Padraig Fallon said there is a "crisis" in North Leitrim with very few units available to rent. He asked the council what strategy they have. Leitrim County Council said they have no legislative jurisdiction to regulate private housing rental prices.

"The Council continues to increase direct social housing supply in Manorhamilton MD with the acquisition of 23 properties in then area since 2016 and shorly the additional 7 new units at Taobh tire will be ready for letting as additional housing stock," said the Council spokesperson.

Cllr Felim Gurn said rents in Manorhamilton are an average of €650-750 a month, which he said most cannot afford.

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