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Old 06-05-2013, 07:07 AM
Parazard Parazard is offline
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Well here is how unfortunately it tends to go...far from tenants bullying landlords, it is the other way around.

Long story short: landlord does not fix stuff (e.g. toilet broken for 6 months, refuses to fix a latch on outside door saying we should just leave it open). I patiently wait, eventually it gets fixed, then he accuses me of not following up on something (because he forgot he said he'd do it) I bring this up and he gets annoyed, says that it is not his responsibility to fix stuff, shows lease agreement saying that (in spite of act) and gives notice of increase in rent to E1400 from E1200 (up 15%). This is for a 2 bed bungalow Dublin 12 (border with D6W) barely up to a livable standard.

Who is bullying?!

You'll say well just move then but moving costs money and stress, a lot of landlords don't allow pets.

Now with no regularization regarding maximum rent rates how can one prove an ever changing market rate?

People's homes should not be a 'profitable business', having a roof over a head is a basic human need and profiting and/or taking advantage of this is simply wrong and people should be protected.

By the way any suggestions welcome.
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:39 AM
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Now with no regularization regarding maximum rent rates how can one prove an ever changing market rate?
Do you think your increase brings the rent above market rate. Then if so you should complain to the PRTB.

Did you try negotiating with the landlord on the rent increase. Did you tell him you cannot afford it and that you will leave, he might then decide not to increase it (if he can afford it) rather than lose you.

If the place you are renting is barely livable, why did you pick that particular property? You say you don't want to move, but your landlord sounds apalling. No way should you have to endure a broken toilet for six months, you should have told the landlord that if it wasn't repaired within a week that you'd get the repair done and deduct it from the rent.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:21 PM
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Now with no regularization regarding maximum rent rates how can one prove an ever changing market rate?
People's homes should not be a 'profitable business', having a roof over a head is a basic human need and profiting and/or taking advantage of this is simply wrong and people should be protected.
By the way any suggestions welcome.

From what you state you would appear to have a poor landlord so I would advise you move on as like bad tenants bad landlords rarely change. I know it will cost money and stress to change but this will be short term and your best solution is to give notice to your landlord that you are leaving and go house hunting.

I find it difficult to see how any organisation can enforce the reduction of rent on a Landlord and how long are you prepared to wait to find this out.

You may not have meant it they way it is printed but in order to stay in business landlords have to make a profit to stay in business. I do not know where you get the idea that landlords have a social obligation to put a roof over peoples heads.

I am a landlord myself and have a very good relationship with all my tenants.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:25 PM
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You may not have meant it they way it is printed but in order to stay in business landlords have to make a profit to stay in business. I do not know where you get the idea that landlords have a social obligation to put a roof over peoples heads.
I am a landlord myself and have a very good relationship with all my tenants.
I would say you are in the minority of landlords..most would like to be able to cover costs but are topping up mortgages themselves. Profit is just a dream.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:50 PM
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I would say you are in the minority of landlords..most would like to be able to cover costs but are topping up mortgages themselves. Profit is just a dream.
I am very lucky to have very competitive tracker mortgages and I do a lot of work on them myself which if I could draw pay for it I would have to do it for less than the minimum wage. It is quite marginal what I make and I have been at it a long time so I have properties subsidising other properties.

I totally understand and agree with your post
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:04 PM
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People's homes should not be a 'profitable business', having a roof over a head is a basic human need and profiting and/or taking advantage of this is simply wrong and people should be protected.
You're kidding, right? Are you saying that private landlords should provide a social service at their own expense?

As regards 'bullying', where is there 'bullying'? It's amounts to a financial decision. If you feel you can do better elsewhere (and it's worth the inconvenience of moving), then you should do that. Having pets is a personal choice - I know it must be a point of frustration but there is good reason why a proportion of landlords simply don't allow them.

You seem to suggest that some sort of mechanism should be in place to set rental rates. It's less intervention that is required - not more bureaucracy. The market dictates market rates. That's a system that works - even if at times it will be moving in the wrong direction for either the tenant or the landlord.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:12 PM
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Now with no regularization regarding maximum rent rates.
Has there ever been rent control in the private residental rental market in Ireland?

Have you considered contacting the private tenancy advocacy group Threshold.ie?

Is your landlord registered with PRTB?
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:23 PM
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In regards to rent control the Swedish economist Assar Lindbeck once wrote, “In many cases rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city—except for bombing.”
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:44 PM
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...You'll say well just move then but moving costs money and stress, ....
Sound like thats what happening now even without moving.

This LL won't change.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:21 PM
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Just out of interest I googled Daft in 6W for houses up to 1400 a month. You can get a four bedroomed house in T'ogue at that price, and at 1100-1300 several other houses in 6W area.

Dublin 12 is even cheaper. No way a two bedroomed bungalow should rent at 1400.
I should review my rents !

Get out now and start a new happier life....
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