November 02, 2023
RTB Data Publication Update November 2023
As of 02 November 2023, the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) has updated the Data and Research Hub on the RTB website with information on the RTB Publication Schedule for 2023, dispute resolution activity, RPZ exemption notifications, notice of termination statistics and registration volumes for Q3 2023.
The following is a summary of the updates together with some background information on the RTB’s Registration Process.
Update to the RTB Data and Research Hub
One of the core public interest objectives of the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) is to provide reliable data and insights to inform policymakers and the public in general.
In keeping with this objective, a publication schedule for 2023 is now available on the RTB website.
The schedule provides transparency and clarity on when data updates will become available. This schedule will be updated periodically to reflect revised or additional publication dates.
Dispute Resolution Service
The RTB is the statutory body with responsibility for providing a quasi-judicial dispute resolution service for the residential rental sector. This means that the RTB, within its limited jurisdiction, has the necessary powers required to mediate and, where necessary, adjudicate on rental disputes.
For more information on the RTB’s Dispute Resolution Service, please visit the RTB website.
Information on the applications for dispute resolution received by the RTB in Q3 2023 are now available on the Data and Research Hub – click here to access the Data and Research Hub.
Rent Pressure Zone Exemption Notifications
Not all rented properties in RPZs are subject to rent caps (i.e. the restriction on rent increases to 2% per annum pro rata or the rate of HICP inflation, whichever is lower). Properties that are exempt from RPZ rent caps are as follows:
- A property that has not been rented for a period of two years prior to the immediate tenancy commencement date;
- A property that is a protected or proposed protected structure and has not been rented for the period of 12 months prior to the immediate tenancy commencement date;
- A property that has undergone a 'substantial change in the nature of the accommodation'.
Information on the number of RPZ Exemption notifications received by the RTB in Q3 2023 is now available on the Data and Research Hub – click here to access the Data and Research Hub.
Notices of Termination
The Notice of Termination (NoT) is the document, required under the law, which notifies a tenant of the ending of a tenancy. A landlord must give (also referred to as “serve”) the Notice to the tenant(s). A landlord must also send a copy of the NoT to the RTB on the same day as the notice is served on the tenant.
Information on the number of NoTs received by the RTB in Q3 2023 is now available on the Data and Research Hub - click here to access the Data and Research Hub.
Background information on the RTB Registration Process
A very important function of the RTB is the maintenance of an accurate register of private residential, Approved Housing Body (AHB) and Student Specific Accommodation tenancies. The RTB operates three statutory processes through which landlords and letting agents, acting on behalf of landlords, can fulfil the registration requirements.
- Registration on the commencement of a tenancy (First Registration). Landlords or their agents are required to register each tenancy within one month of the tenancy being created and must ensure that the correct information in respect of tenants, landlord and dwelling, is entered. These tenancies may be in brand new housing or in existing houses or apartments which may or may not have been a rented dwelling in the past.
- Annual registration during a tenancy (Renewal Registration). Since 4 April 2022, all private landlords and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) are also required to register all tenancies that fall within the remit of the RTB on an annual basis (renewal). These tenancies may be one or more years in existence. Where a tenancy is not renewed on time, it is removed from the RTB’s register.
- Registration of a “Further Part 4” tenancy. A “Further Part 4 tenancy” is one where the tenancy was created before 11 June 2022 and the tenant has been renting for at least 6 months and has not been served with a valid written notice of termination. A Further Part 4 tenancy confers additional rights on the tenant.
For more information on the RTB’s registration process, please visit the RTB website.
Registration Volumes: Q3 2023
Landlords or their agents may register tenancies via the online portal on the RTB website or in hard copy by post.
During Q3 2023, and based on activity recorded in our registration system, the RTB received:
- 17,051 applications for first registration of private tenancies and 1,343 applications from Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs)
- 45,211 applications to renew private tenancies and 7,256 applications to renew AHB tenancies which had an anniversary in the quarter.
- 4,281 applications for Further Part 4 private tenancies and 674 Further Part 4 tenancies with AHBs.
Further information on registration volumes can be found on the RTB Data Hub.
Important note: The following must be noted in respect of these volumes:
- All data contained within the registration application is self-declared by the landlord or their agents.
- Applications are for registration of private and AHB tenancies only and include online and hard copy applications.
- A tenancy which has ended can still be registered; a landlord’s obligation to register a tenancy remains even after the tenancy has ended.
- An application for registration may be for a tenancy which is still active, and which commenced, or was renewed, during Q3 2023 or at any time prior to Q3 2023.