Department rejects idea of rent register to stop hikes by landlords – Irish Times

The Department of Housing has poured cold water on the idea of a mandatory rent register suggested as a means of helping tenants stop landlords imposing steep rent increases, citing data protection concerns.

Housing charity Threshold has called for a rent register to help tenants challenge landlords who increase rents beyond the 4 per cent limit in so-called rent-pressure zones. It would involve publishing data held privately by the landlord regulatory body the Residential Tenancies Board.

A spokesman for the department dismissed the possibility of rents on individual properties being made public because it “would place significant personal information, of both landlords and tenants, in the public domain, and would undoubtedly raise data protection concerns”.

Several tenants have told The Irish Times that their landlords hiked rents beyond the limit or asked them to leave the accommodation only to discover properties advertised at much higher rents.

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