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Ireland Government to block three-year rent freeze despite support from TDs

11:40  11 december  2019
11:40  11 december  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Fianna Fáil is to support a Sinn Féin Bill that would introduce a three - year rent freeze when it is voted on by the Dáil this week. The Dublin Mid West TD ’ s proposals would see the introduction of an immediate rent freeze on all existing and new tenancies, other than those on social housing supports .

A three - year rent freeze could be law by Christmas if all Opposition parties co-operated to deal with Mr Murphy also hit out at Sinn Féin TDs , accusing them of “hypocrisy” for blocking housing projects Mr Ó Broin said the Government supported landlords and offered even greater tax breaks to vulture

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Fianna Fáil has backed a Sinn Féin bill that proposes an immediate rent freeze on all existing and new tenancies other than those on social housing supports for three years, meaning it will pass a Dáil vote tomorrow.

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The Minister explained that the two- year rent freeze brought in by former housing minister Alan Kelly still remained. He clarified that in rent pressure zones, at the next The 4% cap has been criticised by a number of TDs , including Labour's Jan O'Sullivan and Catherine Murphy of the Social Democrats.

Tenants have to deduct TDS if the rent exceeds a limit. You may also visit any authorised bank’s branch to deposit the TDS once you have filled the Form 26QC. You are required to furnish the TDS certificate—Form 16C—to the landlord within 15 days of the last permissible date of filing Form 26QC.

Sinn Féin is also proposing a refundable tax credit of up to €1,500 per year for renters. But the Government believes this element of the bill will cost the State at least €100m per year, meaning it will require a money message from the Taoiseach. Government sources said he was unlikely to sign one given the Government's trenchant opposition to the bill, which was debated in the Dáil last night.

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The Government believes a freeze on rents will drive landlords out of the market and the bill could ultimately be deemed unconstitutional by the courts.

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TDS or Tax Deducted at Source is income tax reduced from the money paid at the time of making specified payments such as rent , commission, professional fees, salary, interest etc. by the persons making such payments. Usually, the person receiving income is liable to pay income tax.

The government 's objective of introducing this section appears to be primarily to ensure that Here are some common questions answered regarding TDS on rent above Rs 50,000 (as However, where the property is vacated during the year , the tax needs to be deducted on the last day of the tenancy.

Fianna Fáil has also said it will demand tax reliefs for small landlords in return for supporting rent freezes eventually becoming law.

While supporting the bill at second stage, the party's housing spokesman Darragh O'Brien said his party will seek amendments at committee stage to protect so-called 'mom and pop' landlords and accidental landlords who typically own one property.

Measures it will seek include maintaining mortgage interest relief for landlords as well as introducing tax reliefs for local property tax payments, refurbishment costs and any loss of rental income.

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"I don't see how you can bring a freeze in without looking at individual landlords in the market and accidental landlords as well. This isn't a standalone solution as currently written," Mr O'Brien said.

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Rent regulation is a system of laws, administered by a court or a public authority, which aims to ensure the affordability of housing and tenancies on the rental market for dwellings.

Government -backed rent calming measures have "failed" in recent years while tenants have seen Under his emergency proposals, rents would be frozen for three years and tenants would be Sinn Féin TDs tonight welcomed the support of Fianna Fáil for the emergency measures but said parties

It also wants a risk analysis done to avoid any unintended consequences from freezes.

Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin said the Rent Freeze (Fair Rent) Bill 2019 would introduce "an emergency measure for three years first of all to give renters breathing space" and should be done in tandem with building more social and affordable housing. The Irish Property Owners Association said it would "devastate the market, reduce the amount of accommodation available and badly affect tenants and landlords".

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