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Allowing landlords some tax reliefs would go some way to help ease housing crisis

Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30

'Peace of mind with current reliable tenants and a clear conscience means more to me than going in for a fast buck'
'Peace of mind with current reliable tenants and a clear conscience means more to me than going in for a fast buck'

I have a confession to make. I am a (non-professional) landlord. It's not something I boast about these days as "landlord" has become a grubby word in Ireland. I am almost ashamed to admit to my shady sideline.

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Landlords have got a very bad name, and have become the fall guys for the housing supply crisis which has seen property prices spiral out of the reach of so many. They are unfairly branded as mercenary, Dickensian-type figures whose greed is destroying the lives of a generation of people.

But landlords are not all rogues, and this is not the full, balanced picture.

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