Landlord body rebuked for telling members to introduce charges – Irish Times

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.

Anti-competitive

The statement led to an investigation by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) into “potential anti-competitive conduct” by

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