Scores of landlords are “deliberately breaching the law” and attempting to increase rent by more than 4% a year, in areas designated as rent pressure zones, according to the Residential Tenancies Board.
So far this year 331 disputes over rent reviews, mostly in rent pressure zone areas, have been referred to the RTB.
Within a matter of weeks it is to get new powers to investigate and fine landlords.
The Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Bill 2018 is in the final stages of drafting and will be brought to Government in the coming weeks.
The bill’s key aim is to strengthen and enhance the implementation of the rent pressure zones and strengthen the powers and functions of the RTB, investigating and enforcing tenancy law.
Rosalind Carroll, Director of the Residential Tenancies Board, believes the Rent Pressure Zone rules will be taken more seriously when its powers are enhanced.
“There’s a number of different
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