Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, and Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, met today with officials to discuss plans to deal with the issue of rising rents and also the housing shortage.

The meeting comes amid differences between the two ministers over the introduction of rent certainty.

Today's meeting was described as 'constructive' and it is expected that proposals will be brought to Cabinet next week. 

Minister Kelly was in favour of linking rent certainty to the consumer price index for a three to four year period. 

However the proposal is not expected to feature in the package following concerns from the Department of Finance about the possible consequences it would have on the market.

The package is expected to include a longer period of notice (90 days) for rent increases by landlords.

It is also expected that landlords will be required to produce three examples of comparative rents in an area to justify rent increases.

Linking tax incentives to landlords who take tenants on State payments is also expected to feature.

A separate sub-cabinet meeting took place today on social housing.

It heard that work has begun on 200 local authority construction sites for social housing.