Regulator must come down hard on landlords who continue to flout rent rules –

We just can’t get it right when it comes to controlling spiralling rent rises in this country. Landlords are breaching rent caps set by legislation and the regulator is promising to go after those who are breaking the law.

ut will anything really happen? Don’t hold your breath.

We seem to have a rent free-for-all, despite three-quarters of the country being covered by caps on rents under rent-pressure-zone legislation.

The latest rent index from the regulator, the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB), shows that rents shot up by 7pc in the April-to-June period.

Shocking but not surprising is probably the best way to describe the latest index figures.

The 7pc annual rise in rents nationally is way above the 4pc permitted under the rent-pressure-zone rules that were in place up to the summer.

The RTB said it would go after landlords who break the rent-cap rules.

It referred to an “unacceptable level

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