Landlords should be offered tax breaks to encourage them to accept rent allowance tenants.
That’s the view of property expert Karl Deeter, who said State intervention may be required to help people secure homes.
Due to the demand in the rental market at present it is difficult for those on lower incomes to compete when rent allowance is not accepted.
Homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry recently warned that less than 1% of landlords in Dublin now accept rent allowance tenants.
However, in an interview with The Irish Independent, Mr Deeter of Irish Mortgage Brokers said something needed to be done to change this.
“It would mean landlords would actually be rewarded for taking on rent allowance tenants who are currently being turned away from private rented accommodation.
“They’d have to comply with all conditions and sign up for a three-year lease. There’d be no losers, as far as I can see.”
- Do you think this proposal would work?
- Are you a rent allowance tenant struggling to find a place?
- As a landlord would you be happy to receive tax breaks to take on a rent allowance tenant?
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