An umbrella group for Irish landlords has condemned proposed legislation aimed a freezing residential rent prices for periods of two years.
The Irish Property Owners’ Association (IPOA) has accused the Government of abdicating its responsibilities towards people who need social housing by attacking a soft target instead.
The association claimed Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly was unfairly targeting landlords, many of whom were still mired in negative equity and struggling to keep their heads above water.
It warned that what it described as “rent controls” would push more landlords out of the sector and said it was seeking legal advice about the steps it would take.
The IPOA, which was set up in 1993 as a not-for-profit organisation, has about 5,000 registered members or just more than 3 per cent of the 160,000 landlords in the State.
Most of its members rented out solitary properties, while many
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