I'm amazed that every posts a justification for what is illegal and, frankly, a disgrace.
How long will it take for this to be acceptable for the poor.
Or, for your own children (or grandchildren) who are students themselves.
As a small landlord myself, I could never justify it. We're all in it for profit; but sometimes you have to question ethics (or lack thereof)
I'm not aware of any defined occupancy limits in laws governing tenant leases in Ireland. Do you have the link? There may be restrictions under the landlords insurance policies or fire regulations. I'm not aware of any Irish people doing this, AFAIK it is primarily foreign students from poor countries and the Roma who do this. As you know cheap rental accommodation is in short supply in Dublin and landlords being price takers will usually take the maximum bid offered when they let the apartment or house. What actually happens in cases like this is the landlord will let a flat to a couple, however, the tenants mates will also be looking for accommodation and unable to afford the steep prices so they will bunk down with the initial couple. The landlord cannot stop this happening unless the terms of the rental contract expressly prohibit them, so rather than turning a blind eye to it some will facilitate the arrangement by providing bunk beds and collect the extra rent. I've known tenants to source the bunk beds themselves and pay the rent to the original tenants. I'm also not aware of anyone who does this long term, it is a short term discomfort for the people involved.
By all means you can close these operations down, how do you then propose to compensate for the lack of cheap accommodation available to students from poor countries without the backing of a generous welfare state to cover them? Suppose Mrs. Merkel gets her way and imposes refugee quotas on Ireland, where will the extra accommodation be found?
One other factor to consider is the impact of the enforcement of regulations on tenants, the council inspections of bedsits
found 90% at the time
did not meet basic standards set in the laws. Those operations have been closed and the landlords that stayed in the game have upgraded their premises and the price to match, so any operations that come up that undercut these landlords will be flagged to the council. The council has eased off on the inspections since then as the shelter costs have ended up on their door step and at the margins these ex-tenants have died on the street from exposure complicated by drug and alcohol addiction. Did you know when the mass evictions happened in Phibsboro that tenants who could not find a place to stay slept in the Phoenix park (the Summer was good that year), the council noticed this and cleared the undergrowth in the park to deny them cover and they eventually moved on around the city centre where the homeless charities reported an increase in the number of people sleeping rough plus the drug addiction problem became more visible