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Landlords who repeatedly flout tenancy laws free to keep letting

Lack of legislation means some breaching rules with impunity, writes Amy Molloy

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Property: Dublin landlord Paul Howard has had a number of cases taken against him

Property: Dublin landlord Paul Howard has had a number of cases taken against him

Property: Dublin landlord Paul Howard has had a number of cases taken against him

More than 30 private landlords have had 10 or more cases taken against them by different tenants for issues such as withholding deposits, unlawful evictions and poor living conditions, Independent.ie can reveal.

An analysis of disputes lodged with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) over the past six years shows how a cohort of landlords continue to rent despite consistently breaching tenancy laws, with some not paying money owed to renters after the RTB found against them.

A Co Monaghan landlord has been ordered by the RTB to pay more than €44,000 to a number of tenants for unlawfully ending tenancies and keeping security deposits.