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# Renting

Last year
Tenants 'often' unable to make discrimination complaint about landlords, report finds
The findings come as the Government reviews Ireland’s equality laws.
# Renting
First purpose-built cost-rental homes costing €1,200 per month open in Stepaside
18,000 cost-rental homes will be provided between now and 2030, said the housing minister.
# Housing
Taoiseach told renters can't afford a pension when they're paying €2,000 in rent
Opposition parties raised concerns about reports that the new pension scheme is needed to pay for ‘generation rent’ who will never own a home.
# Housing
90 per cent of rental properties unavailable to HAP recipients
Just five properties were available within standard HAP limits for a couple or one parent and one child.
All time
# Rent cap
New bill will cap rent increases at 2% in Rent Pressure Zones and bring in unlimited-term tenancies
The new legislation also proposes to provide enhanced tenancy protection by making a ‘Part 4’ tenancy one of unlimited duration.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you struggle to pay your rent?
A new report shows rental homes available in Ireland have hit an ‘all-time low’.
# Rent cap
Housing minister set to bring rent cap legislation to Cabinet
Darragh O’Brien said that the proposed legislation will be brought to a meeting of the Cabinet on Thursday.
# 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.
# He's a good boy
'It seems they've lost their humanity': Renters hit out at landlords requesting pet rent
Pet rent of €75 has been requested at a Dublin property development and one woman has been told pay a €500 deposit.
# your rental story
Attention renters: We want to hear your stories
The Dáil has been debating potential solutions to the country’s rental crisis.
Dr Rory Hearne: It's simple - the Government favours landlords and investors over renters
The housing expert says the broken rental market in Ireland is down to years of failed political policy.
# Housing
Daft agrees to develop processes to remove ads that exclude rent allowance tenants
The company came to an agreement with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission on foot of a 2016 complaint.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you struggle to pay your rent?
A survey has found on average, tenants are spending 36% of their monthly income on rent.
# rent pressure zones
President Higgins signs rent increase bill into law
All rent increases will now be made in line with the nation’s inflation rate.
# Housing Crisis
Varadkar urges Central Bank to get mortgage lending rules review done 'as soon as possible'
The rules restrict the amount someone can borrow to 3.5 times their income, though there are exemptions.
# Renting
Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends
Measures that provided for a rent freeze for those in financial trouble were implemented during the pandemic.
Measures that provided for a rent freeze for those in financial trouble were implemented during the pandemic.
In Rent Pressure Zones, the maximum rent increase permitted is 4% per annum.
Where a landlord carries out a rent review for the first time in two years in an RPZ, a total increase of 8% increase can apply.
Government to set up Commission on Housing to deal with housing issues in Ireland over the coming decades
Number of residential units sent for planning dropped by 29% in first quarter of this year
# Housing
Over 25,000 people sign petition calling for government to scrap tax breaks for cuckoo funds
Cabinet is set to discuss proposals on housing today.
# my housing story
'Forget the American dream - it's the Dutch dream!': Your housing abroad stories
In a follow-up to our Irish housing stories, here’s what it’s like living in a variety of countries across Europe and beyond.
Eoin Ó Broin: The Government has shut down debate on the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill
The Sinn Féin TD says Government is rushing the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill through this week without due process, letting renters down again.
# Renting
Cost of renting home in Ireland grew by 2.7% last year despite Covid-19 pandemic
That’s according to the Residential Tenancies Board’s latest rent index.
# Arrears
Protection for renters in financial difficulty due to Covid-19 extended to 12 July
The protections in place were due to expire on 12 April.
# Housing
Hundreds of tenants in rent arrears sent removal notices before Christmas despite Covid-19 eviction ban
An eviction ban for those in arrears has been in place across the country since late October,
# Housing Crisis
Every week of lockdown between 700 and 800 houses will not be built, says minister
The lockdown will mean housing targets could be off by between 6,500 and 7,000 new homes,
# Renting
Bill preventing evictions from taking place during Level 5 passes all Oireachtas stages
The Bill will now be sent to the President for early signature.
# Renting
Temporary ban on evictions to be implemented during six-week Level 5 restrictions
Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced this evening that Ireland will move to Level 5 restrictions for six weeks.
# Renting
Threshold calls for €20 million rent arrears fund to be included in upcoming Budget
The charity is calling for the funding to help tenants facing a rent crisis as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
# Housing Crisis
ESRI says affordability pressures for renters 'likely to worsen'
Renters are more likely to work in the sectors worst hit by the pandemic.
# report
There's been a 39% spike in homes for rent in Dublin compared to last May
The 39% spike is the highest one-month total for rental listings in the capital since August 2015.
# Renting
Rents fell by average of 2.1% in April compared to previous month, new Daft report shows says this drop reflects the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.
# frontline lifeline is helping provide free accommodation for doctors and nurses battling the Covid-19 pandemic
It’s expected that a feature allowing doctors and nurses to self-isolate outside of hospitals will be live by next week.
# Coronavirus
Rent freeze and temporary ban on evictions to be introduced during Covid-19 crisis
The emergency measures for renters were agreed at a Cabinet meeting today.
# 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.
# Renting
Landlords should show 'forbearance' during Covid-19 outbreak, says housing minister
Eoghan Murphy also said that he would provide support to homeless services during the crisis.
# squeezed
'They are not living extravagant lives': 1 in 3 renters in debt struggling to meet repayments, think-tank says
Tasc has said its report challenged the idea that people get into debt because of a “personal failing”.
# the candidate podcast
The Candidate: Rent freeze not off the table, rent hike reforms and a fiver for pensioners - Micheál's manifesto promises
Micheál Martin told The Candidate Podcast that he will reduce the rate rents rise in rent pressure zones.
# locked out
Just 5.5% of rental housing is within standard HAP limits, according to new report
There is a notable shortage of one-bedroom housing for single people and couples, the Simon Communities said.
# 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.
# 21 aungier street
Dublin City Council is spending €16,250 a month to rent an empty building
There was opposition to using the building for homeless accommodation.
# off the rails
People living near Dart or Luas stops are paying over €4,000 a year more than average Dublin rent
That’s according to new research from
# O'Devaney Gardens
O'Devaney Gardens: Fresh plans in doubt as Minister raises concerns over funding and legal issues
Bartra has been contracted to build 768 houses and apartments on the site.