Simon study shows almost all properties priced beyond those on State support

Thu, Feb 04, 2016

96% of properties available to rent in Galway City are priced beyond the reach of people depending on state rent supports for their housing, a snapshot study by the Simon Communities in Ireland has found.

There was just one property available to rent in Galway City for a couple or parent with one child within Rent Supplement/Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) limits over the three day study period.

These shocking findings come in the final weeks of the current Government. Galway Simon Community said that the Government still has an opportunity to take action on this urgent issue. Conducted over three consecutive days in November, ‘Locked Out of the Market III: The Gap between Rent Supplement/HAP limits and Market Rents’ highlights the ever increasing gap between rising rents and Rent Supplement/HAP limits, which have remained unchanged since June 2013.


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