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IPAV: Code of conduct needed to keep landlords in market

Wednesday, 21st November, 2018 3:56pm

A code of conduct is needed to stop the haemorrhage of private landlords from the rental market because of bad tenants, a recent conference heard.

A lettings conference hosted by the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers (IPAV) heard how there should be real consequences for bad behaviour.

Ella Dunphy, President of IPA, said: “Where tenants behave badly a landlord can go through the RTB (Residential Tenancies Board) process, get a determination in his/her favour and end up with nothing for the considerable time and effort spent. In my experience landlords in such situations often decide not to bother pursuing cases.”

With the plethora of regulation introduced in recent years the landlord-tenant relationship has become unbalanced in this regard.

She added: “The other side of rights is responsibilities, and it is the ‘responsibilities’ bit that is lacking. A fairer balance is needed. There needs to be recompense, real recompense, when tenants behave badly.”

She said there are landlords who behave irresponsibly too.

“And where they do they deserve to face the full rigours of the law. What I’m saying is genuine landlords need better support than they have currently when tenants behave badly. A Code of Conduct for tenants, a code with real consequences for bad behaviour is essential,” she said.

She said the issue of irresponsible tenants could be dealt with readily, without delay and without Exchequer implications.

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