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Am I mssing something? Don't think so. We're being conned!

  • 10-08-2022 4:56pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,166 ✭✭✭Murt10

    Budget support for tenants and landlords pledged by Varadker amid record rent inflation.

    From todays IT.

    Giving more money to landlords and tenants. What's that going to solve? No increase in supply. There's still going to be the same number of tenants and the same number of properties for rent. It's just going to push rents up even further.

    All that giving them both more taxpayers money is going to achieve is even higher rents, and higher taxes to pay for it. It will ensure that his friends in Blackrock and those other vulture capitalists will be able to charge Irish tenants even higher rents and send even larger amounts tax free out of the Country.

    So what if landlords are leaving the sector. Big deal. The house they've just sold is still going to either house a family with a new landlord, or its going to house a first time purchaser or someone trading up thereby freeing up their original house.

    I've 2 solutions.

    1. Why not instead get our own local authorities to restart building accomodation?
    2. If a property is lying empty, slap a 10% tax on it. It won't stay empty for long then.



  • Registered Users Posts: 26,380 ✭✭✭✭GreeBo

    In your list of places the landlords house is going, you forgot "to a REIT".

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,833 ✭✭✭spaceHopper

    Small time LL's are selling up, property prices are high, the risk of bad tenant, new laws and hassle introduced and possible new anti-LL government. Plus all the snowflakes giving out about them online.

    Also letting is mostly done by word of mouth these days not on daft but the optics look bad for the government.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,143 ✭✭✭✭Donald Trump

    Rather than inflating prices even more and transferring more wealth to current property owners, as a poster said above, put a tax on vacant property and a high CGT on property capital gains to discourage speculation. Say 80%?

    That way then the landlords claiming to be fleeing the market due to regulations can still flee it. Those who are just breaking even from their negative equity can also escape. And the State can then have more justification to put money into the market through buying houses as they will be getting a lot back in taxes (although this will of course make things more expensive for those trying to purchase .... but I reckon that would be dampened by the removal of speculators and hoarders)

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,830 ✭✭✭Firblog

    Have to say a vacant property tax should be brought in - and only a 6mth holiday from it if selling or renovating; at the same time rule to prevent Tenants staying in situ without paying rent should also be implemented, to reduce risk to landlords with 1 or 2 houses.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,020 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    You started renting in a period when house prices were on the floor, then went through a period when house prices rose but we’re still affordable, now find yourself renting in a period of high rents and higher purchase prices. I’m afraid the owner deserves his rent for the service provided, but you must be asking yourself, why?

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,239 ✭✭✭Pussyhands

    Why what?

    The owner provided the service... But why does he need a tax break??

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,239 ✭✭✭Pussyhands

    Because I just came out of college.

    I've also been single the whole time and also been living in an area I don't plan on living in forever.

    As you'll see from my post history I could buy a property now but prices are overvalued. If landlords are getting out of the market at record prices, it would suggest they're looking to cash in at the high rather than they're losing money.. Which they can't be.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,020 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    I kinda agree with you in the sense that the value of the asset is rising and the mortgage owed on it reducing while the property is being rented. But, if you or anyone else thinks that 5k LLs leaving the sector in the last year is a good thing, then there is no need to try and incentivise the remaining/new LLs to provide accommodation for rent. On the other hand, if you do want to increase rental supply other than that provided by corporate investors, then more carrot and less stick would seem to be a good policy.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,239 ✭✭✭Pussyhands

    How many landlords entered the market? Friend of mine bought again last year and now has two properties.

    I get with all the buy to let's the number of rented properties actually increased.

    I don't mind landlords making money, it is an investment. But at the very least, every landlord that bought before last year is sitting on at least a 16% capital gain. Most landlords are sitting on multiples of that.

    I agree there's scummy tenants and it needs to be easier evict people.

    The government could also incentivise landlords to stay in the market by putting a 70% tax on capital gains on any second property bought before 2020 or... If landlords sign a 10 year lease they get a tax refund.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,112 ✭✭✭snowcat

    Sounds good. So if its such a rock solid investment i presume you have a rental property yourself or investment in REIT's. And if not why not?

  • Registered Users Posts: 421 ✭✭sapper

    Im a single property landlord selling up. I was making about 5k a year on rent of 1200 a month, all the while thinking I owed the bank 60-90k more than the house was worth if I sold it. It’s been that way since 2009 since the financial crash. This year I woke up to the truly surprising fact that house prices had gone up so much post COViD that I wouldn’t make that much of a loss if I sold it. Having lived through a crash I know that’s just a temporary situation that won’t last forever so I’m selling up. I’m not that bothered about losing out on 5k a year. I make enough from my day job and it’s not worth the hassle. One thing I don’t want to do is advertise a place for rent at the moment - I can only imagine how many people would be after it - not pleasant.

    By all accounts people who aren’t selling put their houses on AirBnB - why isn’t that impossible to do these days?

  • Registered Users Posts: 421 ✭✭sapper

    Re the point on capital gains - as Cliff Taylor says in the Irish Times today, most landlords are like me - bought a house in the boom, then bought a bigger house holding on to the first as an investment. I’d guess that a lot of people (like me) leveraged up their borrowing on the first house and used the extra cash to help buy their second house. That higher remortgage needs to be paid now with any sale proceeds from selling the first house. On paper that’s postive equity and a capital gain (you sold the house for more than you bought it) and therefore taxable but in real terms people have borrowed on that equity to buy the second house at ridiculous 2006 prices.Most exiting landlords aren’t getting rich here. That’ all ended in 2007.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,153 ✭✭✭✭astrofool

    I would imagine it would end up involving a lot of family members and/or friends "moving" into them and become impossible to police effectively (similar to the age limit they wanted to add to buying an e-bike).

  • Registered Users Posts: 497 ✭✭PalLimerick

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,239 ✭✭✭Pussyhands


    Investments are risky. I've made investments in stocks. I'm down 10k on one stock I have. Where's the budget intervention for me?

    Being rich enough to buy a rental doesn't mean its difficult to make money!

    I've already outlined why I'm still renting. I didn't earn enough to get a mortgage out of college, I've always been single and I don't plan on living in the area long term. Landlords want risk free investments and they want to make massive money in doing so.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,380 ✭✭✭✭GreeBo

    You "just" came out of a 10 year college course?

    Weird as in August 2017 you created a thread called:

    "Without going into too much detail, I have been out of college for 4 years."

    Anywho, for 10 years you availed of a service from this person, just like a million other services you avail of. Why do you single out landlords for your negative remarks as if they just sit back having money fights?

    Being a landlord is job, one that the public badly needs people to perform. Unless you want all landlords to be replaced by the state, then the state is going to have to incentive people to stay/become landlords if the market means we are losing them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,380 ✭✭✭✭GreeBo

    You want to live risk free and let someone else carry the burden of owning and maintaining a house for you!

    There is no budget intervention for you as no one gives a fiddlers whether or not you make or lose money. We need landlords, as someone who has availed of one for 10 years, I would have thought it was obvious tbh.

    Where exactly do you think you would you have lived if there were no landlords?

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,239 ✭✭✭Pussyhands

    Sorry but in the number of landlords I've had through college and after, landlords do not do a job.

    I don't really know what point you're trying to make? I left college ten years ago. I've been renting since.

    I have private investments that I wish I now invested in property.

    There hasn't been a greater investment to be made in Ireland in the last ten years aside from bitcoin in Ireland.

    If landlords are leaving, it's not because its not a great money maker. As others in this thread have said, they're leaving because they can't believe they're not break even on the cost of the property and are looking for their original investment back.

    And no one has provided the stats on how many rental properties have been added to the market. All I hear is x landlords have left.

    Don't feign concern for renters by saying rentals have higher density. If you had so much concern for renters then why sell?

    You're in it to make money, you're making money. You're making money by selling. You're making money every which way.

    I've never said I think landlords shouldn't exist. I'm saying they're getting good money out of it and should not be getting any more tax breaks. How can you not understand?

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,380 ✭✭✭✭GreeBo

    Landlords do indeed do a job, the job is being a landlord. They manage the dwelling that you are living in! How is that not a job in your eyes?

    When asked why you weren't a homeowner you said "I just came out of college". That was 10 years ago, so the reality is that for 10 years you have chosen to not buy a property and instead rely on someone else to provide and maintain a property for you.

    Right now it can be seen as a great investment, but many individual or small landlords are in the game for longer than 10 years. You can't make vague statements like that to somehow argue that we should just ignore landlords leaving the market.

    "If" they are leaving? Have you not seen the stats, they are. And its not because they are all suddenly cashing in, why would they if, in your own words its such a great investment? Who would walk away from that?! The fact that they are leaving the market despite the record high rents would indicate to most that there is a fundamental problem in the market for landlords.

    "why sell?" Because, despite the rent prices, its not worth it to smaller landlords due to all the overheads.

    Again, the fundamental question you cant reasonably answer is: if its so lucrative, why on earth are they leaving? You cant be trying to tell us that all of the just happened to break even at the same time and dont want to keep "getting good money out of it"?

    The argument just makes no sense!

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,239 ✭✭✭Pussyhands

    OK dude you clearly havent read my previous posts. My landlord has done basically nothing in ten year. I've done most of it out of my own pocket because the landlord just says they'll do something yet never do it! The garden shed has collapsed in a heap, I'm getting heat from neighbours saying it'll attract rats. Yet the landlord said they'd get a new one over a year ago! Dishwasher broke down, landlord got someone out to look at it, said it was too old to be repaired. No dishwasher now. Loads more major issues.

    And you can't even give out to them because they'll just kick you out.

    People always leave investments. Every seller there's a buyer!

  • Registered Users Posts: 129 ✭✭AySeeDoubleYeh

    Not getting involved in all the rest of this but "you've been renting for ten years, therefore you have chosen not to buy a property" is really sh*tty logic and it should be abundantly clear why.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,372 ✭✭✭Grumpypants

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Give Landlords the same relief rent a roomers get. But limit it to 12k tax free. That's rent of €1000 a month which is a reduction for most renters and would double the income of most landlords.

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  • Think its a good idea. But also if the rent goes above the relief threshold the full rate of tax applies to the full amount of rent collected. This would probably go some ways to stabilising the market but would require a bit of effort from the government as different rent thresholds would be required for different areas and property sizes.