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    Reform of the private rental sector

    The report im reading states 175k for 2016 and 176K for Sept end 2017. Source: @AlbacoreA "How many landlords have quit..." page 13
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    Reform of the private rental sector

    Absolutely, but it wasn't me that suggested it. It was a landlord on this site that commented once that they should increase their rents because the HAP will pay and tenants wont care. And with respect, limiting the blame for the housing and homeless crisis to current government policies is...
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    2,064 three bed council houses in Dublin with only one occupant!

    Its not their property but it is their home. And you think putting resources into a big game of social housing musical chairs will be resources put to good use? No. Never said they should. Its is an option, but I wouldn't advocate for that. Nope. You have made a giant conclusion there...
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    Reform of the private rental sector

    The number of landlords registered with RTB has been increasing since 2015.
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    2,064 three bed council houses in Dublin with only one occupant!

    With respect Brendan, while I dont disagree with the sentiment expressed, it is the legal and administrative quagmire that you would unleash that makes your suggestions inoperable. I think this is the critical sentence in the piece "While it is important to respect individuals, accommodate...
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    Reform of the private rental sector

    I agree. I get a sense that instead of taking the concept on its merits and logically examining it, there is a tendency to automatically detract from the idea. Not because of any fundamental reason but for reasons of begrudgery. You are touching on the healthy tradition of scepticism and...
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    Reform of the private rental sector

    Having a fund, paid out of the rent applicable into an account accessible to the tenant to use for necessary and reasonable repairs is simple. This will all be arranged and set up at the commencement of the tenancy, as per the contract obligations of the letting agent. It couldn't be simpler...
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    Is it time for wage increases?

    Fair point, accepted. Some useful data produced by @Protocol .
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    Reform of the private rental sector

    Anti-landlord, no. Anti-amateur HAP chasing, cant draw up reasonable tenancy agreements 'landlords', yes. Speak for yourself, im sure most people can follow the concept. Its pretty straightforward. You appear to some offence to the notion of driving out 'landlords' who provide inadequate...
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    Is it time for wage increases?

    According to OECD Ireland, after the US, has the highest percentage of low paying jobs in the world. http://www.thejournal.ie/ireland-has-a-lot-of-low-paying-jobs-1696421-Oct2014/#comments Is it time for wage increases? o_O
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    Reform of the private rental sector

    While I thought there might be some fundamental reason as to why a proposal like this might not work, I never thought that the concept would be difficult for anyone to understand. Let alone people who regard themselves as business people and are in the business of providing accommodation to...
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    Reform of the private rental sector

    Because it forms part of public housing policy that recognises that adequate suitable housing is a critical social need of the population in order to develop and sustain a prosperous and civil society. It removes, in part, housing as a commodity to be bought, sold and rented for maximum gain...
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    Reform of the private rental sector

    A simple register of properties lodged at the LA and the agreed rent price as fixed under contract should suffice. Any attempt to increase rent outside of the parameters of the contract would bring penalties for letting agent. That said, such parameters could include genuine inflation...
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    Reform of the private rental sector

    The LA doesn't dictate the rent that is charged. The letting agent dictates that. All the LA does is choose which interested letting agent to outsource the management of the property too. It does this on set criteria that awards the outsourcing of the property to the letting agent/property...
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    Reform of the private rental sector

    Profit. There is a 2 bed townhouse or apt built by LA in Dublin city centre. The LA, is outsourcing it to private market for purposes of rental to public. Ordinarily this property could fetch €2,500-€3,000pm on the market. The LA only wants €400pm in return - there is no mortgage, no mortgage...
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    Reform of the private rental sector

    No. LA's already exist. They can be funded as appropriate to build housing. There are basically four types of housing in my view 1) LA housing for people and families who have no reasonable means to source accommodation for themselves 2) Social and Affordable housing for people and families...
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    Who should have a right to stand for the Presidency?

    Im not trying to invalidate any concerns he is raising. As for tax cheat whataboutery, it was Casey who raised the issue of Travellers not paying their fair share. If he has real concerns about this of course they should be discussed. I hope I dont have to keep repeating myself. The only...
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    Who should have a right to stand for the Presidency?

    Its the sense of unfairness and imbalance that breeds resentment and bigotry. I dont dislike anyone, I just think that people that have in fact been found not to be paying their fair share of taxes should bear most of the ire from a Presidential candidate rather than the people he perceives as...
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    Who should have a right to stand for the Presidency?

    I just got my Peter Casey "small country BIG NATION" election card in the post today. - developing relationships with Irish abroad - develop broadband and 4G for rural areas - campaign for SME's to penetrate markets abroad to Irish diaspora. - Increased transparency on the costs of the...
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    Irish national debt per person highest in the eu

    I don't necessarily disagree with any of the above. But the issue being raised by some is to run a budget surplus in order to pay down the debt. Running a balanced budget is all fine and I agree that is the financially prudent thing to do. I accept that there is a deficit being run in budget...
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