Students fear rent reform will hit them extra hard

Government plans to reform the current system for assessing the price of rent-controlled property will hit students especially hard because they are frequent movers, the national student union said at the weekend.

If the proposal goes ahead, landlords will be able to increase the rents for social housing by €120 a month when a new tenant takes over. The change is due to be introduced next year.
The LSVb says some 80,000 self-contained student flats and rooms will be affected by the increase. This will make them too expensive for most students, making it more likely they will stay at home to study.

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