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# Landlords

Last month
January 2023
# Housing Crisis
Landlord tax breaks 'not off the table' as judgement call to be made before end of March
At a summit with housing stakeholders held yesterday in Government Buildings, a number of proposals are understood to have been put forward to benefit landlords.
Last year
2022
# Landlords
Housing minister: 'I'll be frank, we've got to revisit the tax treatment for small landlords'
In an interview with The Journal, the housing minister said tax measures is one way to keep landlords in the market.
In an interview with The Journal, Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien said the tax treatment of landlords is something the government will discuss further.
Small landlords are continuing to leave the market, said the minister.
Pressure will be put on local authorities to ramp up their delivery of homes next year.
Dublin property price ceilings under First Home Scheme to increase to €475,000
Government criticised over €700 million capital underspend in housing budget
# unsafe
UK Housing Secretary vows change after toddler dies of mould inhalation from flat
Michael Gove said his department would ‘name and shame’ landlords who had breached safety standards.
# Housing
Small landlords to be offered up to €10,000 in tax breaks for retrofitting properties
A new scheme will allow landlords to write off expenses for retrofitting rental homes while the tenant remains there.
# eviction ban
Landlord group says it has 'deep-rooted' reservations about potential eviction ban
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien yesterday said he has been “exploring options” regarding an eviction ban.
# budget 2023
Landlord group 'shocked' at lack of supports as Donohoe says rent freeze won't work
The amount of pre-letting expenses landlords can claim has doubled.
# Dáil
Investigation: TDs who own rental property but haven't declared rental income
One TD registered 18 properties and no rental income.
TDs are required to declare any additional incomes above €2,600.
Six TDs did not mention any rental income, despite their declaration of ownership of rental properties.
A seventh said he had declared rental income correctly but this was not reflected.
'Unacceptable': Sinn Féin warn Meath TD over lapse in rental property RTB registration
Fianna Fáilers were uneasy about Troy staying, but didn't expect him to fall so soon
# tenant rights
'I take the rights of tenants very seriously': O'Brien responds to rental property controversy
Darragh O’Brien’s comments come after two Cabinet ministers failed to register their rental properties.
Voices
Opinion: 'Tánaiste, Fine Gael's housing policy only benefits developers & vulture funds'
The SocDem’s Cian O’Callaghan responds to comments on the housing crisis made by Leo Varadkar in The Journal.
# budget 2023
Double child benefit payment, welfare hikes and tax changes - here's what to expect in the Budget
Budget Day is just over six weeks away, but with inflation rising, it can’t come quick enough for many.
# rental crisis
Tax breaks for landlords a 'good idea', but renters should get concessions too, says Varadkar
The Tánaiste says it wouldn’t be fair to give a tax break to landlords if renters didn’t get something in the budget.
# renters
Eviction notice periods to significantly rise for tenancies under three years
For tenancies less than six months, the notice landlords must give to tenants is set to triple.
# Housing
Tax measures may need review to keep landlords from exiting the rental market, says minister
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien indicated that tax breaks may be needed to keep ‘mom-and-pop landlords’ from selling up.
# IHREC
Tenants 'often' unable to make discrimination complaint about landlords, report finds
The findings come as the Government reviews Ireland’s equality laws.
# landlords fined
Nine landlords sanctioned by regulator for breaching rules as over 440 investigations under way
The RTB has said that €300,000 has been returned to tenants across all their investigations,
# Housing
Landlords selling up account for almost one in four home sales
Average house prices rose by 2.24% nationally in the last three months of year, slower than increases recorded earlier in the year.
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# CSO
Oldest and youngest tenants pay the most of their take-home pay in rent
Half the country’s landlords had a rental income of less than €10,000 in 2019, according to new research.
# regulation
'The system is weak': Just 29 sanctions for landlords in past year despite hundreds of investigations
In the majority of cases the landlord received either a written or monetary fine, or both, for breaches of rent pressure zone requirements.
The majority of RTB investigations relate to alleged breaches of rent pressure zone rules, Michelle Hennessy reports.
Social Democrats TD Cian O'Callaghan said the sanction figures indicate the enforcement system is not working.
# your rental story
Attention renters: We want to hear your stories
The Dáil has been debating potential solutions to the country’s rental crisis.
# Landlords
Vast majority of Irish retailers struggling with rent arrears, according to new survey
In 20% of cases, retailers said they had no engagement from their landlord on the issue of arrears.
# rent increase
Landlords can no longer hit tenants with 4% rent hike from today, but SF criticises delay in law
The Bill was signed by the president last week but the regulation only commences from today.
# vacant properties
Banks sitting on hundreds of vacant properties as pressure ramps up on government to get radical
The last quarter of 2020 found a significant decline in buy-to-let investors in the housing market,
Three of the country's main banks have around 600 vacant properties on their books, Christina Finn writes.
The Peter McVerry Trust says anything that can be done to bring vacant properties back into use should be done.
Brendan Ogle: It's time to stop gaslighting the public over income inequality
Dublin city is a 'free for all' for vulture funds, Dáil told
# Coronavirus
'Robust' supports for renters due to be announced, but access to HAP likely to be ruled out
Government has said landlords will have to show flexibility to their tenants.
# climate action
Can rented homes be made more energy efficient? You're being asked to give your view
One of the options outlined in the consultation open from today is to encourage a wider use of green leases.
# WRC
Landlord fined €12,000 for refusing to accept rent allowance from Latvian woman
The tenant said the landlord left her in a position where she could not avail of the HAP scheme for a period of over twenty-three months.
# Housing Crisis
We have an NCT for cars, so should landlords need one for their rentals?
Housing charity Threshold says there’s an “unacceptable” number of properties checked.
# rtb
Disputes between landlords and tenants increased by 10% last year
One case which required dispute resolution saw a landlord awarded almost €11,000.
# Renting
Figures suggest two-in-five renters in 'pressure zones' still being hit with rent increases above 4%
Under RPZ legislation, annual rent rises are capped at 4% in certain areas.
# residential tenancies bill
Bill to regulate rent pressure zone properties passes through Seanad
The Residential Tenancies Bill will now go to President Michael D Higgins to be signed into law.
# Explainer
Here's why tenants can take discrimination cases against landlords at the Workplace Relations Commission
The WRC provides advice on workplace issues to employers and to employees.
# Homelessness
'A national scandal' - Government defends housing record as minister says 'we need more landlords'
The Housing Minister was reacting to the revelation that there are now 10,000 homeless people in the country.
# Renting
A survey of Ireland's rental sector is set to get underway
The Residential Tenancies Board has issued a tender for the survey to be carried out.
# Landlords
The government is paying €88m to rent private properties - but it also owns almost 100 empty buildings
Fianna Fáil has called it ‘ridiculous’ that one will be liable for the vacant sites tax next year.
# Your Say
Poll: Should TDs who are landlords abstain from votes on anti-eviction legislation?
Varadkar said TDs who are landlords can make a distinction between personal and public interests.
# Evictions
Calls for TDs who are landlords to abstain from anti-eviction Bill vote due to conflict of interest
Varadkar said TDs who landlords are able to make a distinction between their personal interests and the public interest,
# residential tenancies act
Landlords to be sanctioned up to €30,000 if they breach rent caps under new laws
The new rules will mean notice periods given to tenants by landlords will be extended.
# renting rights
Degree to which landlords can be sanctioned last sticking point to new renter protection law
The law plans to make it an offence for landlords with properties in RPZs to raise the rent above the legally allowed 4%.
# Housing Crisis
Landlords and agencies have started asking people for viewing fees, says Threshold
In one case, a woman was asked for €500 to view a property.
Voices
'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results'
Victor Duggan takes a deep dive into the good, the bad and the ugly of the housing measures in Budget 2019.
# Housing Crisis
Government accused of 'a landlords' Budget' over tax break for landlords
Solidarity TD Paul Murphy TD made the charge after tax relief for landlords was announced.