Rent pressure zone landlords ‘imposed illegal price hikes’ – Irish Times

Almost eight in 10 landlords in rent pressure zones wrongly imposed rent increases on tenants, according to the State authority that handles landlord-tenant disputes.

The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) found that in 44 recent cases where tenants faced rent hikes that were greater than the market rate, 34 of the rent review notices, some 77 per cent, were invalidly issued by the landlords under legislation on the zones.

Since the introduction last December of the rent pressure zones, which block landlords in certain areas from hiking rents by more than 4 per cent, the board has seen a 160 per cent increase in new applications to resolve disputes over rent increases.

The number of new applications to resolve all types of disputes has continued to rise, surging by 30 per cent in the first half of the year on the same period last year. There were 4,837 new applications in

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