Brian Stanley TD claims that the monthly rent limits for rent supplement are causing major problems for those struggling in private rented accommodation.
“The rent ceilings are now well below market rates in the rental sector and many tenants are finding it very difficult to pay rent,” he said.
As of June last year, the maximum rent levels, for a couple or one parent family, are €450 with one child, €480 with two children, and €520 with three children.
“Rental rates for properties in Laois increased by 6.4% in the year since and a three bedroom house in the county now costs €600 - €700 per week,” Deputy Stanley continued.
He said that a review is needed to bring rent limits into line with market rates.