Thursday 17 August 2017

Anyone letting a property should have right to say who lives there

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ordered the unnamed Dublin-based estate agent to pay her the equivalent of two months' rent. Stock image
The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ordered the unnamed Dublin-based estate agent to pay her the equivalent of two months' rent. Stock image
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Back in the day, when I was in the process of selling my apartment and trying to buy a house, the general wisdom was that I should keep the apartment and let it out.

Of course, the fact that such general wisdom tended to come from the kind of people who would also boast about owning four apartments in Bulgaria says a lot.

But I never had any interest in being a landlord. In fact, it always amused me that one of the main planks of Irish constitutional nationalism came from a resentment of landlords, yet what did we do when we got a few quid? We became a nation of... landlords.

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