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

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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 includes both licences and tenancies.


  • Annual Registration of tenancies will come into force in 2020. CLICK HERE for more information.


  • New rules and criteria for RPZ exemptions

– new definition for what qualifies for a substantial change definition. CLICK HERE for detail.

– change to definition of new dwellings exemption, such that it will now only apply to the first rent review rather than the whole of a designation.


  • Changes to criteria for designation of RPZs, which has resulted in some new designations being made over the past couple of months.  CLICK HERE to view newly designated areas.


  • The extension of the designation of all existing RPZs to the end of 2021.


  • The rent certainty measures which restricted rent reviews outside of RPZs to taking place every 2 years, are also be extended until end of 2021.


  • Changes to notice periods for termination, and some changes to the procedures. CLICK HERE for new notice periods.


  • Introduction of provision for remedial notice of 28 days to be served by the landlord if a notice of termination is found to be invalid at Adjudication/Tribunal where there is no material impact on the tenant and the tenant has already had the benefit of the full notice period.

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