Darragh O'Brien claimed 8pc rent hikes were illegal before new laws commenced – Independent.ie

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien incorrectly claimed increasing rents by up to 8pc was illegal when he had not yet commenced the legislation to end the practice.

ew legislation to link rent increases to inflation was signed into law by President Michael D Higgins on Friday, July 9, but it was a full week before Mr O’Brien signed a commencement order last Friday to bring the change into effect.

The legislation, the Residential Tenancies (No. 2) Act 2021, aims to tackle an issue where some landlords availed of a loophole in the Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) legislation to increase rents by up to 8pc once the emergency ban on evictions and rent increases due to Covid was ended.

Last Thursday, the Fianna Fáil minister repeatedly claimed on a podcast that the practice of some landlords increasing rents by up to 8pc within rent pressure zones was now illegal.

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