The Irish Property Owners Association has said all tenants who find themselves in the unfortunate situation of losing their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak should be afforded access to the existing HAP scheme.
The country's largest real estate agent has issued a downbeat assessment of the housing market in 2020, warning that it has deteriorated in the last year and that the issues are unlikely to abate soon.
Housing charity Threshold has warned that the lack of affordable rental properties is at a critical level for many people around the country after the latest RTB Index figures show an 8.2% increase in national average rent.
High rents are making it so difficult for employers to get staff that some companies are renting properties themselves and then letting them in turn at sub-market process to employees according to the chief executive of the Irish Society for Small and Medium Enterprises (ISME).
A NEW 'HERD' mentality and political consensus in favour of an Irish house market of 50% rental/social housing, and 50% homes to buy, risks creating a new welfare state, and may leave tenants unable to afford rent when they retire.
The Government risks "repeating the mistakes of the past" unless it listens to the National Competitiveness Council's warnings that rising rents and cost of living could topple the Irish economy.