Scores of landlords are “deliberately breaching the law” and attempting to increase rent by more than 4% a year, in areas designated as rent pressure zones, according to the Residential Tenancies Board.

The Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Bill 2018 is in the final stages of drafting and will be brought to Government in the coming weeks.

The bill’s key aim is to strengthen and enhance the implementation of the rent pressure zones and strengthen the powers and functions of the RTB, investigating and enforcing tenancy law.

331 disputes over rent reviews, mostly in rent pressure zone areas, referred to the RTB this year

-Noah Harte