Archives for Landlord Legislation

What Landlords Need To Know About Registration With The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB).

Landlords (including those who let student-specific accommodation) must register residential tenancies with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) and update the RTB if information about the tenancy changes. The information taken in registration is used to populate the publicly available register, this register shows the address of the property and the number of bedrooms. It does not show the identity of the landlord or the tenants, or the amount of the rent.   When Do You Register A Tenancy? New tenancies must be registered within a month of the start of the tenancy. *Annual Registration – The Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act
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Categories: Landlord Legislation and RTB and Dispute Resolution.

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act For The Duration Of The Covid-19 Crisis

Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020 was signed into law on the 27th March.  It includes changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, for the duration of the Covid-19 emergency.  A copy of the Act is available for review HERE   Emergency Period The emergency is defined as the period of three months commencing on the 27th March 2020, and that period can be increased if necessary, to extend the emergency period for such period as they consider appropriate, having regard to— (i) the threat to public health presented by Covid-19, (ii) the highly contagious nature of that
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Categories: Landlord Legislation, News, and Property Management.

RTB Sanction & Investigation

A number of changes were introduced to the legislation governing the residential landlord and tenant relationship, these changes  increased the obligations and the potential liability of residential landlords. In addition to changing the law, the 2019 Act also introduced a new complaints, investigations and sanctions procedure. This is a new function of the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) which means the RTB are now in a position to impose penalties on landlords who are found to have committed improper conduct.   What constitutes improper conduct? Failure to comply with the Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) requirements. This occurs by increasing rent by
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Categories: Landlord Legislation, News, Property Management, RTB and Dispute Resolution, and Uncategorized.

Has Your Rental Property Been Inspected?

As a landlord you have a legal obligation to ensure that your rental home meets certain minimum physical standards. Local authorities are responsible for carrying out inspections on rental accommodation and enforcing the minimum standards. These standards are set out in the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations  In general, the standards apply to dwellings rented from private landlords, local authorities and approved housing bodies. However, they do not apply to holiday homes or to communal housing being let by the Health Service Executive or an approved body. The regulations specify requirements in relation to: Structural Condition Sanitary Facilities Heating Facilities Food Preparation
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Categories: Landlord Legislation, Property Management, and Uncategorized.

Student Specific Accommodation

It is important that landlords are aware of recent changes to legislation in relation to Student-Specific Accommodation (SSA). This includes purpose built student accommodation and accommodation that is let for the sole purpose of providing accommodation to students during the academic year. The legislation clarifies that Student-Specific Accommodation provided by the private sector is within the jurisdiction of the RTB, regardless of whether there is a lease or license agreement in place. What Do These Changes Mean for Landlords? If you provide accommodation to students under a license agreement after 15th August 2019 you must register with the RTB. Student
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Categories: Landlord Legislation, News, Property Management, RTB and Dispute Resolution, and Uncategorized.

Landlords Know The Changes To The Landlord Legislation

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act have came into force over the past couple of months – still to come into effect is the RTB Annual Registration expected in quarter 1 2020. It is vitally important that ALL landlords know about these changes and how they will impact you and your business. The new legislation provides for; New Investigations and Sanctions powers to empower the RTB to proactively regulate non- registration of tenancies, possible breaches of the RPZ rules and possible abuse of notices of termination grounds.   Student Specific Accommodation is now under the remit of the RTB – This
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Categories: Landlord Legislation, Property Management, and Uncategorized.

Short Term Lettings – New Legislation Now In Place For Landlords

New planning legislative reforms to regulate the short-term letting sector came into effect on 1 July 2019. This legislation effects properties within Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs). Short term lettings in areas outside the RPZs are not impacted in any way by the new rules.   What Do These New Rules Mean for The Property Owner?   Property Owners involved in short-term lets or homesharing in a RPZ may require planning permission. This requirement for planning permission only applies to Property Owners in Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs)who: – Let out their entire home (principal private residence) for short-term lets of more
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Categories: Landlord Legislation and Property Management.