1. The legislation was introduced in order to bring about a considerably pro-tenant environment and perhaps this has lead to an overly anti-landlord environment. As you say, it is quite difficult to dislodge a tenant under Irish law but most tenants are unaware of this fact and, anecdotally, unlawful evictions or entry to the rented premises are quite common.

    The legislation was proposed during one of our national bouts of hand-wringing about the lack of a renting culture in Ireland and coincided with an undersupply of housing, leading to the high house prices that are now a distant memory.

    It would have been better for the government to concentrate on the minimum standards required of rented accommodation and enforcing them, rather than becoming obsessed with a system of registration (which has a strong element of tracking Revenue avoidance).

    The quality of rented accommodation in Ireland remains quite low (notwithstanding recent improvements as luxury properties developed for sale are put on the rental market).

  2. Hi Rossa,

    Thanks for dropping by and for the comment! I think you hit the nail on the head regarding minimum standards, having said that, in retrospect, with a property boom standards rose naturally as competition for tenants increased. It was only during a time when there was a shortage of property that landlords could get away with sub-standard housing, if somebody is in sub-standard accommodation now the should move out asap and rent elsewhere (likely for cheaper!).

    hope ya come back soon

  3. UpsidedownA

    On the other hand, tenants have to worry about their good name whereas landlords never do. Landlords ask tenants for references not the other way round. If a tenant stops paying rent, they may find it difficult ever to rent again. When choosing to rent a new place, the tenant can see the state of the apartment, house or building, but can’t tell from that whether the landlord was always ‘popping round’ or harassing the previous tenants in other ways.

  4. Hi UpsidedownA

    I believe that is only partially true, not all tenants are asked for references, and there are strict rules on landlord visits to the property. Landlords have (in my experience) no interest in ever seeing their tenants at all as long as they pay, but tenants have far more incentive not to pay or to use the law to their advantage and help is provided for free when a landlord has to cover the costs of anything they do to enforce a lease. It is fairly one sided in my opinion.

  5. alfredo monaco

    We will never take tenant on rent allowance again because the goverment is stopping rent allowance for people who have be cheating, now we have these people who will not pay the rent out of there own pocket so us landlords have no rights, What are we paying the prtb for

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