Rent Review Outside Rent Pressure Zones

How are rents reviewed outside a Rent Pressure Zone?

Check if a property is in a Rent Pressure Zone

Click here to check if a property is in a Rent Pressure Zone. In areas outside of a Rent Pressure Zone a landlord cannot set a rent that is in excess of market rent.

Changes to the legislation have introduced a new Notice of Rent Review that must be used by all landlords from 1st July 2019. Landlords should fill out the sections relevant to them in full. Landlords should not deviate from the wording of the notice of rent review or delete information from it as any change could invalidate the notice in its entirety.

Review Outside of a Rent Pressure Zone

Outside of Rent Pressure Zones landlords can only review the rent 24 months after the tenancy commencement date or 24 months from the date of service of the last valid rent review. The review must be based on current market rent and three comparable properties must be provided by the landlord to show evidence as to how the new rent amount was arrived at.

A Landlord must provide a tenant with a minimum of 90 days’ notice of any proposed rent increase.

All landlords must serve the notice of rent review ensuring that they follow the sample notice. The sample notice of rent review must be followed closely, and landlords should not deviate from the wording used therein, change the format of the notice, or delete information from same as doing so could invalidate the notice of rent review in full. 

Rent cannot be set above the local market rents for similar properties in the area and three comparable examples for similar properties in the locality must be presented to demonstrate this. The landlord must include the rent amount for three comparable dwellings of a similar size, type and character and situated in a comparable area to establish market rent.

Evidence of the rent charged for comparable properties can be in the form of advertisements for such properties published within the previous four weeks. If a tenant considers that they are being asked to pay more than the market rent, they can seek clarification from the landlord or take a dispute case to the RTB within 28 days of receipt of receiving notice of the rent review.

Once a rent review has been carried out and the new rent has commenced the landlord should notify the RTB that the rent amount has changed, via our online facility or by using a Tenancy Update Form. This should be submitted to the RTB within one month following the date when the new rent amount applies. The landlord must be in receipt of the new rent amount before an update to the rent amount can be applied to the registration.

All landlords serving a notice of rent review outside of a Rent Pressure Zone must fill in Part A and Part D of the form found here.

The information required to ensure that you fill out the form entitled Part A in full and correctly are:

  • Tenant(s) name
  • Landlord(s) name
  • Dwelling address
  • New amount of rent being sought
  • Date from which new rent is to be paid from
  • 3 comparable dwellings. Please note that the 3 comparable properties must have been advertised within the previous 4 weeks of the date of service of the notice. 3 comparables have to be provided, if less are provided the notice of rent review may be deemed invalid. Comparable properties do not have to be in the exact same town or geographical location. Landlords can look for similar properties in similar towns nationwide.

Part D of the form seeks the landlords signature or if a landlord has appointed an authorised agent, the agent can sign Part D on the landlord’s behalf.

Both Part A & Part D must be served on a tenant together or the notice of rent review may be deemed invalid.

Approved Housing Bodies

For Approved Housing Bodies, the setting and reviewing of rent should be set out in the lease/contract provided to the tenant at the start of the tenancy. The use of comparable market rent in setting/reviewing the rent does not apply to Approved Housing Bodies. Click here for further information on Approved Housing Bodies Rent Reviews.