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‘I now live in the centre of a large German city in a huge apartment for the same rent I paid in Ireland. I have a far better standard of living. It was the only solution I could see.’ File photograph: Getty

Difficulties encountered by those renting homes countrywide are nothing new but latest testimonies from Irish Times readers illustrate just how embedd(...)

There were more than 5,100 applications received by the board for dispute resolution in 2020, a 16% reduction on the previous year’s figures.

Arrears were the most common reason for rental disputes last year, according to the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB). In its annual report the board(...)

Under 2019 regulations a Hap dwelling must be inspected within eight months of a tenancy starting. File photograph: Getty

Inspections of privately owned homes rented under the State’s Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) programme fell by more than two-thirds last year, raisi(...)

The increase would mean the cost of student accommodation on the Belfield campus rises to between €8,000 and €9,900 per year over the next three years. File photograph: The Irish Times

Students in University College Dublin (UCD) are to demonstrate over a decision by the university to increase on-campus accommodation rents by 12 per c(...)

Properties must comply with certain standards such as having  a washing machine, hot and cold water, a heater in each room and facilities for cooking and fire safety. Photograph: iStock

Clare County Council issued more legal actions against landlords in 2018 than Dublin City Council, the State’s largest local authority, latest figures(...)

High house prices: a major factor is Ireland’s shortage of shovel-ready sites. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Nobody ever sat down and planned our housing system. It is the outcome of a century of incremental changes. Some of these arose from policy decisions,(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy accused the Bill’s sponsor, Sinn Féin, of ‘hypocrisy’ for blocking housing projects in their own constituency. File photograph: The Irish Times

A three-year rent freeze could be law by Christmas if all Opposition parties co-operated to deal with the legislation, Sinn Féin’s housing spokesman E(...)

In pressure zones rents cannot be increased by more than 4% per year. File photograph: Getty

What is it that Sinn Féin is proposing? The party’s housing spokesman Eoin Ó’Broin has published a Bill calling for a three-year rent freeze and an e(...)

Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó’Broin’s proposals would mean the introduction of an immediate rent freeze on all existing and new tenancies. Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has said it is not “wedded” to the idea of introducing a national rent freeze but will back a Sinn Féin Bill calling for such a move. Th(...)

Ryan Tubridy was at the SVP Christmas appeal where he expressed his disgust at 4,000 homeless children: ‘It is not right and it is not fair.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Escalating rents are increasing demands for the services of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) despite the improving economy, the charity has sta(...)

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