There are two stories in the Irish Times today concerning Landlords
The first on page one
Landlord paid 620,000 in rent subsidies - The Irish Times - Fri, Dec 28, 2012
has a link to the second on page two thereby tying them together
Landlords oppose ban on bedsits planned for early 2013 - The Irish Times - Fri, Dec 28, 2012
Let me start by saying that I believe the time is long past due for the complete elimination of Bedsits and that I have no sympathy with the protests of landlords of these properties.
let's go back to the first story
The Headline reads " Landlord paid 620,000 in rent subsidies"
This is really sloppy journalism and is factually incorrect. It panders to the mindset that all Landlords are leeches ,sucking blood from the National Economy.
The first sentence of this article reads
" One landlord received 620,000 from the State in the form of rent supplement payments last year."
That this statement is factually incorrect is borne out the the succeeding sentence
" The rental subsidy is typically paid to people on low incomes or on social welfare who cannot afford to pay the full cost of their rent, and is passed on to the property owner."
Even this sentence is not entirely accurate. Notice the use of the qualifier "typically". A more accurate statement would be " rental subsidy is paid to people on low incomes........ " With the addition of the word "typically" there is just that shade of implication that maybe the money is paid directly to the landlord.
At the end of the third paragraph the article states:-
" The average payment during 2011 was 5,220. "
and then the penultimate two paragraphs
" To ensure value for money for the taxpayer, she added, the department had set maximum rent limits.
Despite these limits, housing groups report that many tenants are being asked to pay top-up payments to landlords for rent that is above the maximum allowance limit. "
5,220 over a period of 12 months works out at 435 per month.
"the department had set maximum rent limits" this would suggest that the department has set 435 per month as the average rent of an apartment.
I have been unable to find many apartments on offer to rent at 435 per month.The few that I have found are all studio apartments and would not be suitable for couples or families.
What is clear ,if you read the facts and ignore the tone, is that the Department has set the maximum allowance limit far too low and that landlords must aks for top-up payments in order that they can supply acceptable standard accommodation to tenants.