The national body representing landlords has been rebuked after it encouraged members to introduce new charges for tenants in response to Government’s introduction of rent controls.
Competition law expressly forbids a trade association from co-ordinating the business conduct of its members, including the terms and conditions under which they are prepared to supply a product or service.
In December, the Irish Property Owners Association (IPOA), which represents about 5,000 of the State’s landlords, issued a press statement in response to Government legislation introducing rent controls in the private residential rental sector.
In the statement, it said that following a meeting of its members, property owners were considering a range of potential measures, including the introduction of a number of new charges to tenants and the withdrawal from State-sponsored rental schemes.
The statement led to an investigation by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) into “potential anti-competitive conduct” by
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