THE Government has been urged by Sinn Fein’s Cllr Morris to give North Tipperary County Council funding to buy houses or build on their own landbanks to ease the housing crisis.
Cllr Morris made the call after he stated that answers he had received from the council proved that “this Government’s policy of forcing our housing applicants into private rented accommodation is not working for either tenant of landlord”.
He said that the Government had continued the practice of forcing housing applicants into private rented accommodation, while at the same time forcing the same applicants’ rent supplements down, leading to a downward shift in rents for “already hard-pressed landlords”.
“The situation is unsustainable. The rent that landlords are achieving is not paying their mortgages, and they, in turn, are responsible for over 15 per cent of these mortgages being in default. This will have the effect of these houses being dumped overnight if the market ever recovers, leaving hundreds of qualified housing applicants homeless,” he said.
Cllr Morris stated that if the Government freed up funding, councils could purchase properties or build on their own land banks, and this would stimulate the property market.
“With the new household taxes of rates and water charges coming down the road, a whole generation of people in North Tipperary will shy away from purchasing houses, with councils being the only answer to a stagnant housing market.
“Nenagh has 312 people on its housing list; Ardcroney, nine, with one site in council hands for development; Borrisokane has 37 people on the housing list, with .0774 hectares available for development; Cloughjordan has 26 people on the list; Lorrha, two; Puckane, 15, with 3.37 hectares available for development; Rathcabbin, four; Riverstown, three, with seven sites available for development, while Ballingarry has no-one people on the list, with two sites available for development,” he said.
Cllr Morris maintained that, “at huge cost to the taxpayers, North Tipperary County Council already had available sites purchased ready for development, which, if given the green light, could solve a growing housing list.
“This Government must intervene immediately to ease the burden of our housing applicants from years of uncertainty in private rented accommodation. It would help stimulate a depressed construction industry in North Tipperary,” he said.