A Dublin based startup has launched a new website for reviews about condition and location of rental residential properties, - all posted anonymously by tenants.
Blackrock, County Dublin, -- mytenancy.ie is a new website providing tenants in Ireland the possibility to rate their rental accommodation. According to housing charity Threshold last Annual Report an expanding rental sector, illegal deposit retention and impact of repossessions are key issues facing the private rented sector, which now provides long-term housing for a significant portion of our population and stronger regulation is needed to protect the growing number of households living in the sector.
The report shows that over 23,000 people contacted Threshold for assistance in 2011. According to the report, the past five years have seen many households turn their back on home ownership – either by necessity or by choice – in favour of renting. As a result, rents are rising in urban areas, as the employed and unemployed compete for the limited pool of rented properties. This has left first-time renters and vulnerable tenants susceptible to rogue landlords, who can refuse to return deposits, fail to maintain properties, and insist on illegal top-up payments from rent supplement tenants.
Edith Classen, founder of mytenancy.ie believes that a site based on constructive feedback could help people seek out more reputable landlords and avoid the bad ones.
For additional information please visit www.mytenancy.ie.