TENANTS are continuing to receive notices about rent increases despite the introduction of emergency legislation banning hikes during the coronavirus crisis.
Housing activists fear some renters may not be keeping up to date with the news and could be unaware that rent increases are currently outlawed.
Since the Public Interest Bill was enacted on March 27 to help deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, rents are meant to be frozen and evictions banned.
However, concerns have been raised that some landlords may not be honouring the spirit of the legislation.
A young woman living in a Dublin apartment block received an email advising her that a rent increase would be introduced at the end of the week.
The rise had been first mentioned to tenants at the beginning of the year but they assumed it would no longer apply.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, the concerned tenant said she was shocked when she received the notice.
Tenants there are paying up to €1,800 for a one-bed apartment and more than €2,000 for a two-bed apartment.
"I am so tired of being taken advantage of as a tenant in this city," the woman said. "It takes a pandemic to enact legislation to protect us and still landlords behave with impunity. It is outrageous to receive this notice."
However, when the landlord was contacted for comment, they insisted they would not be seeking a rent increase at this time.
They did not clarify why the email was sent to tenants and have since apologised.
Other tenants have hit out at how letting agents are continuing to send "automatic" rent increase letters by post.
"We received the letter last week and found it incredibly insensitive, but when we contacted them about it they said the letters are issued as part of an automatic system and assured us no rent increases would apply," a tenant renting on Dublin's northside said.
Housing charity Threshold is urging any renters who are facing eviction or rent increases during this time to get in touch.
Meanwhile, rental portal Daft.ie is trying to help provide free accommodation for doctors and nurses.
It follows the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) asking medical staff to no longer share accommodation.
Daft is now partnering with companies to help find empty apartments to rent free of charge on a short-term basis.