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Residential Tenancies Act 2004 as amended by The Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016

The Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and amendments have brought about radical changes in the relationship between residential tenants and landlords and this area is seeing pressures and disputes arising for both. Registration of tenancies with the Residential Tenancies Board and resolution of disputes through that body is an area which is becoming increasingly fraught with difficulties.

We are in a position to advise you on:

1. Letting Agreements

2. Part 4 Tenancies

3. Rent Pressure Zones

4. Termination Notice

5. Disputes before the RTB

Important to note…

The Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Bill, 2018 is currently making its way through the Oireachtas and, if successfully enacted, will have significant implications for landlords of residential properties.

The Bill seeks to amend the 2004 Residential Tenancies Act and has three primary objectives:

  1. to substantially strengthen the sanctioning powers of the Residential Tenancies Board (the RTB);
  2. to lengthen the termination notice rights of tenants and;
  3. to make rent data more readily available to tenants.

Under the proposed scheme maximum fines for contraventions of the 2004 Act by landlords will increase from €3,000 to €15,000.  Furthermore, the Minister has indicated a willingness to consider extending criminal liability to landlords who disregard the maximum 4% rent increase provisions within Rent Pressure Zones introduced under the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016.

These proposed amendments will have significant implications for all residential landlords and it is important that landlords keep abreast of these changes as they are introduced.

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