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Are you concerned landlord TDs could negatively affect rising rents?

The register of Members’ Interests for 2014 has revealed that some TDs are landlords.

THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS of public representatives made for interesting reading over the weekend, revealing that 11% of TDs are landlords.

Concerns are now being raised that landlord TDs with a self interest could lead to a block on the introduction of rent controls.

Housing spokesperson for Sinn Féin Dessie Ellis said, ”Being a landlord does not mean you automatically charge high rents or flout regulations and many landlords provide a good service.

“However TDs must not be above reproach when making decisions on issues affecting the people of the state and rent rates are a major issue right now.”

He also made the point that rent rates have soared by 34% in Dublin city since this government took office.

“Some of these TDs own just one property which they rent rather than leaving idle, but others have extensive property portfolios and make considerable money off the rent of a number of tenants.

This does not inspire confidence in the public who want to see controls on rent which will make it affordable to live in comfort without fear of losing your home.

What do you think?

Are you concerned that public representatives who are also landlords have a vested interest that could negatively affect rent?

Poll Results:

Yes (2568)
No (694)

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