Sinn Féin promises 20,000 social housing units, a month’s rent back in tenants’ pockets and 100 percent compensation for defective housing

Sinn Féin has pledged to deliver 20,000 council housing units, pay a month’s rent back into tenants’ pockets and 100 percent compensation for those living in defective housing.

he party’s housing spokesman, Eoin Ó Broin, today presented the party’s budget for alternative housing, which amounts to over 2.2 billion euros.

Dublin TD said the party would launch an emergency package of measures to reduce homelessness, a three-year ban on rent increases and a “more participatory and effective” planning system.

The party would deliver 2,900 social housing through 1,000 buy and refurbish social housing, 900 through acquisition and 1,000 turnkey new builds at a cost of 660 million euros.

Around €10m would be invested in Traveler Accommodation, €169m in Cost Rents and €115m in the Affordable Housing Fund.

A further 140 million euros would be spent on the purchase and renovation of affordable condominiums.

Mr Ó Broin said 20 per cent of the party’s public housing deliveries next year would be through the existing housing stock, including vacant and derelict buildings.

Another 4,000 buildings of the promised 20,000 social housing units would be made up of “recycled buildings”.

“Delivering units this way is faster, cheaper, requires less labor and has a smaller carbon footprint,” the party’s budget statement said.

Sinn Féin would also expand the existing pyrite indemnification system to include defective Celtic Tiger-era dwellings with fire and safety deficiencies, among other problems.

This would include retrospective compensation, and the party said it would include at least €200million in taxpayer money in next year’s budget for those living in mica, pyrite or Celtic Tiger-deprived homes.

“All of these are additional capital and ongoing expenditures on top of what the government already has in its baseline for 2023,” he said.

He said he was not in favor of a potential landlord tax cut currently being considered by the government because landlords who are selling have “disappeared” from the market.

He said instead a focus needs to be placed on providing social housing.

https://www.independent.ie/news/sinn-fein-vows-20000-public-homes-a-months-rent-back-into-renters-pockets-and-100pc-redress-for-defective-apartments-42002076.html Sinn Féin promises 20,000 social housing units, a month’s rent back in tenants’ pockets and 100 percent compensation for defective housing

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