He believes government policy is adding to the problem.
A Laois TD says workers in Laois and Offaly are now paying half their income to landlords.
Sinn Féin's Brian Stanley was speaking in the Dáil after his party introduced a new bill that proposes freezing rent for three years.
Last year, rents in Laois and Westmeath increased by over 7%, while tenants in Offaly saw prices go up by 5.5%.
Deputy Stanley says government policy is adding to the problem: