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Stock image. Photo: John Giles/PA Wire

Stock image. Photo: John Giles/PA Wire

Stock image. Photo: John Giles/PA Wire

The Covid-19 pandemic strained household budgets across Ireland, with renters being hit particularly hard. Despite restrictions being lifted and thousands returning to employment, the effects continue to linger, with tenants now grappling with a cost-of- living crisis.

Dozens of disputes recently published by the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) provide an insight into a private rental market where arrears are a significant issue, eviction notices are on the rise, and show how Covid-19 resulted in some people becoming accidental landlords.


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