The RTB acknowledges that rental law can be complex and intimidating to both landlords and tenants. To help landlords get things right with their tenancy agreements, the RTB has created a new Residential Tenancy Agreement template to assist landlord and tenants set out the terms of their relationship.
Landlords and tenants are encouraged to enter into a written tenancy agreement so that they are clear on the obligations that they owe each other. This template is suitable for new residential tenancies created on or after 11 June 2022, with the exception of tenancies provided by Approved Housing Bodies (including cost rental tenancies) and Student Specific Accommodation.
The RTB reminds people to be aware of potentially fraudulent rental advertisements and tenancy agreements. If an individual responds to a private rental advertisement and receives forms purporting to be from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage or the RTB in return, they should not engage further with them. Anyone who believes they have mistakenly provided personal information or paid a deposit in response to these types of fraudulent advertisements and false rental applications/tenancy agreements calls should immediately alert An Garda Síochána.
It is a good idea to take photographs of the property before the commencement of a new tenancy, and if possible to date them. Similarly, photos should be taken of the property before the tenant moves out. This is important should an issue arise regarding the condition of the property when the tenancy ends.
It is a good idea for landlords to take an inventory of the contents of the property and note any damage and identify breakages or things that don't work. Both landlords and tenants should sign an inventory and condition report.
Please click here for further information on landlords and tenants' rights and responsibilities as well as useful checklists for landlords and tenants at the beginning of a tenancy.