Landlords who evicted families avoided sanction despite ‘improper conduct’ –

The Residential Tenancies Board was powerless to sanction landlords who made 17 families homeless, despite ‘improper conduct’, it has emerged. More than a year after the Irish Daily Mail first revealed that the RTB was concerned about its lack of powers and need for ‘structural change’, reform has yet to take place. The cases –

Coronavirus: US Covid-19 death toll surpasses 400000 – as it happened – Financial Times

Load new posts Total Covid-19 cases View charts and maps World Confirmed 95,473,257 Deaths 2,037,824 Updated at 1/20/2021, 5:12:29 PM BST 1/19/2021, 12:17:04 AM News you might have missed More than 4m people across the UK have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, health secretary Matt Hancock said on Monday. New York Governor

Eoin Ó Broin calls for three-year rent freeze to allow incomes 'catch up' – Newstalk

Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin says rent increases should be banned for an ’emergency period’ of three years to let people’s incomes ‘catch up’ with rents. He suggests rent pressure zones haven’t worked, so a freeze is now needed as rents remain too high. Rent pressure zones have been in place since 2017, and now

Cork city north house prices: Ballyvolane, Mayfield and Montenotte – The Times

CSO median house price: €249,500 2021 prediction: up 5% Median house prices in Cork city were at their highest in a decade, pushed up by stock shortages and strong demand. First-time buyers dominated the market, as the help-to-buy scheme proved irresistible to those who had been renting. Rents remain high, despite the city being in

Budget housing allocation of €3.3 billion does ‘nothing, zilch nada’ for renters – The Irish Times

Taoiseach Micheál Martin accused Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald of engaging in “propagandistic” language over the Government’s €3.3 billion budget allocation for housing. Mr Martin insisted that housing was the Government’s number one priority and it aimed to give funding to local authorities and approved bodies to build social and affordable homes in the

How to avoid having a nightmare before Christmas – The Irish Times

It is easy to get caught up in the madness of crowds. This page found itself in a toy shop exactly a week ago after hearing reports of parents panic-buying toys. Once the on-the-scene reporting was done and dusted, the page found itself panic-buying toys and, before anyone could say, “There are still 81 sleeps

Small numbers apply for rental protections to help safeguard against eviction –

The Government’s new protections for renters whose earnings are affected by Covid-19 will assist only a tiny minority of tenants, new figures suggest. Just 159 people have applied for the scheme that safeguards certain renters against eviction and rent increases until next January. The scheme, which came into effect on August 1, replaced the blanket

Ireland round-up: Irish think-tank argues Covid-19 response requires planning re-set; Dublin bus network redesign shapes up – The Planner

Irish think-tank argues Covid-19 response requires planning re-set Key planning policies encouraging high-density development and urban flats may have to be rethought because of the impact of Covid-19 on the property market, according to a report published by Ireland’s Economic & Social Research Institute. The Planner Dublin bus network redesign shapes up The final version

Cork investment for €5.5m offers significant value-add potential – The Irish Times

Agent Lisney is guiding a price of €5.5 million for a major mixed-use investment with significant asset management potential in Midleton, Co Cork. Located to the west of Main Street and close to the Market Green Shopping Centre, the development is bookended by both an Aldi and a Lidl store (which do not form part