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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Landlords

All time
"Don't blame landlords for the current housing crisis"
IPOA Chair Stephen Faughnan argues that landlords are being priced out of the rental market.
# Housing
Landlords could face NCT-style checks to bring rental properties up to standard
Housing charity Threshold said some tenants are now “afraid” to complain about sub-standard accommodation.
# For Sale
Do you have to move out because your landlord is selling up? Now they'll have to prove it
The aim is to stop landlords putting properties back on the market for higher rent.
# Fines
Two landlords slapped with criminal convictions for failing to register tenants
The Private Residential Tenancies Board took legal action against the landlords for failing to register their tenancies.
# cutting fees
Settling a dispute with your landlord just got cheaper
Fees for the Private Residential Tenancies Board mediation service have been scrapped.
I’m normal, I always pay bills and I've no weird habits, but I still can’t find a room to rent
I’ve queued up with over 30 people to get into view a house. Then you have to pitch yourself, X-Factor style, as to why they should pick you.
# close to the brink
Will landlords forego extra rent to help families on the brink of homelessness?
One charity is asking them to consider it.
# Housing Crisis
'I hope it works': Two-year rent freeze to tackle housing crisis
The government has announced a new package of measures it hopes will tackle the long-running housing crisis.
# Rent
8 landlords who proved landlords can be good people
“Some old crank rang about a party last night.”
# Your Say
Poll: Have you ever had to move because of high rents?
Or were you able to weather it out?
# Irish Water
'An absolute scandal': Tenants could face eviction for not paying water charges
Richard Boyd Barrett has said the measure is “draconian”.
Student accommodation is an absolute disaster in this country – when will government respond?
On-campus accommodation is snapped up a lightning speed, leaving vulnerable young people at the mercy of the inhospitable private market.
Tenants' rights are being trampled on, but there's a lack of political will to help
Tenants in the private rental sector are being treated like second-class citizens; a change is needed.
# buy to lets
What happens to you if your landlord doesn't pay their mortgage?
Things can get tricky if your property falls into the hands of the bank.
# dotted line
Two landlords have been convicted and fined for not playing by the rules
Nether registered their tenancy as is required.
# Raking it in
What part of the country will bring you the biggest return on investment property?
Investors can expect a return of between 5% and 8% broadly speaking.
# shovel ready
This week’s vital property news: Irish Water and landlords and Ireland's oldest gay bar
Everything you need to know in one quick guided tour.
# Housing Crisis
'Rent certainty' might be coming, but could landlords get hikes in first?
One housing charity is worried that they might.
# Housing Crisis
Landlords say rent control is not the answer - bring back bedsits instead
The Government needs to to encourage supply, not restrict it according to landlords.
# Piggy in the Middle
Irish Water asking landlords for their tenants' contact details
New water legislation is being planned, and landlords are concerned the Government is pressing ahead with plans to take unpaid bills from rental deposits.
What would Albert Einstein say about Ireland's housing crisis?
We are, once again, beset by the destructive dichotomy of the two-horse race that is renting or owning.
# Dead Money?
The figures are in: Are you paying above average for your rented property?
People are now not driven to commuter belts by a preference for green space – but by the hard maths of affordability.
# landlords' paradise
'There needs to be a two-year freeze on rents' says Labour TD
Éamonn Maloney says the freezes are needed to stop Dublin from becoming a “landlords’ paradise”.
# you can't do that!
Management company threatens to cut off water until tenants register with Irish Water
But they say “unclear policies” on water charges have forced their hand.
Opinion: Rent controls ARE a viable option in calming Ireland's housing crisis
Some commentators who dismiss rent controls as being counter-productive are actually talking about rent freezes – an entirely different scheme.
# INspections
Thousands of rentals in Dublin aren't good enough to pass council inspections
Out of the 5,984 rentals inspected, 5,228 were served with enforcement notices.
# fluid situation
Landlords to Irish Water: Don't expect us to act as your collection agents
It follows days of uncertainty over who will eventually be held liable, if tenants refuse to register and pay for the contentious charges.
# San Francisco
Landlords evicting tenants for putting their homes on Airbnb
A petition has been set up calling on lawmakers in San Francisco to stop the evictions.
# black bagged
500 doors knocked on as Dublin litter crackdown targets landlords
The council can bring landlords to court if they’re found to not be complying with litter laws.
# Deposits
Government to roll out deposit guarantee scheme - Hayden
Labour senator Aideen Hayden said that the move will help protect vulnerable tenants against “profiteering” landlords.
# legal advice
Rise in 'accidental landlords' as homeowners rent out properties to cover mortgage costs
FLAC noted a “striking” rise in queries about housing such matters, which were up almost 70 per cent since 2011.
# bedsits
Bedsits are history thanks to new regulations effective from today
Rental properties are now required to have separate bathrooms, independently controlled heating appliances and adequate food preparation and storage facilities.
# Rent
Residential rents could rise by as much as 7 per cent by 2014
Property experts have said families and couples choosing to rent instead of buying has increased dramatically.
# Your Say
Poll: Should landlords be held financially accountable for tenants’ behaviour?
Should landlords be held financially accountable for tenants’ anti-social behaviour?
# Your Say
Poll: Should renters be liable for the property tax?
The law that will bring in the property tax next year makes residential property owners liable for the household charge but should those who rent pay it instead?
Column: With so many empty houses, why are people still homeless?
Almost 4,000 people are homeless in Ireland. Joyce Loughnan of Focus Ireland outlines what we need to do.
# Renting
Students warned to choose their landlord and potential flatmates carefully
Students have been advised to thoroughly check the credentials of prospective landlords – and make sure they get along with housemates – before signing a lease.
Column: Our landlord went into receivership – now we’re in limbo
Her building crumbling and in legal limbo, Alsa Campbell writes about how tenants are finding themselves at the sharp end of landlords’ financial troubles.
# Household charge
Charity insists tenants should not be liable for household charge
A group representing landlords said its members would be forced to pass on the charge to tenants as TDs today outlined their reasons for not paying.
Column: Landlords who don’t accept rent allowance are lazy – and classist
There’s an unpleasant undercurrent in Ireland that distrusts people on state assistance, writes Lisa McInerney. But it’s short-sighted, unfair and snobbish.