From 4 April 2022, new legislation was introduced requiring landlords to register each of their tenancies with the RTB ever year. This must be completed within one month of the anniversary when the tenancy began.
The cost to register tenancies will be €40 per year for private rentals, cost rentals and Student Specific Accommodation (SSA) rentals. The yearly fee for tenancies managed by Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) will be €20 per year. There will be a fee waiver for those landlords who currently have a ‘Further Part 4’ tenancy in place. Further detail on fees can be found below.
To further assist landlords in this changeover to annual registration, there will be a four-month transition period for tenancies which have renewal anniversaries between 4 April and 3 July 2022. This transition period ends on 3 August 2022.
Temporary Registration Fee Waiver
There is a temporary registration fee waiver to those landlords who will have to register a ‘Further Part Four’ tenancy. Tenancies that have a duration longer than six months are called ‘Part Four’ tenancies. Up to now in Ireland, tenancies either had a duration of four or six years, depending on when the tenancy started (tenancies which started after 24 December 2016 have a duration of six years).
Once the six years is due to expire, landlords can renew their tenancy registration and this renewed tenancy is known as a ‘Further Part Four’ tenancy. Landlords in these scenarios will be exempt from having to pay an annual registration fee for the portion of the tenancy remaining in their ‘Part Four’ tenancy, i.e. if there are three years left on the ‘Further Part Four’ tenancy, then the landlord would be exempt from paying an annual registration fee for those three years. However, please note that even though these landlords will be exempt from paying yearly registration fees, they will still be required to register their tenancy annually once they applied to register the ‘Further Part Four’ tenancy on or before 3 April 2022 and paid the required fee by midnight 3 May 2022.
For more information, please read the Government Guidance Document on Annual Registration here.
A Guide for Completing Your Annual Registration