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Check if a Tenancy is registered

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How do I check if a tenancy is registered with the RTB?

The published Register lists the addresses of all tenancies registered with the RTB.  Please click here to go to the Published Register.

How do I inform the RTB of a non-registered tenancy?

You may do so by returning a registration enforcement referral form to Registrations Enforcement section, Private Residential Tenancies Board, PO Box 47 Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Alternatively you may email the form to or telephone us at 0818-303038.

Please click here to go to the Referral Form. Please check the Published Register by clicking here before referring to Registrations Enforcement.

What does the Registration Enforcement Section do when I give them a referral?

Once you have provided a referral to the Registration Enforcement Section they will check that an application to register the tenancy has not been received by the RTB.

If an application has not been received, and it is considered appropriate, the Registration Enforcement Section will proceed to take enforcement action against the landlord in accordance with the provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004. 

Can I contact the Enforcement Section for an update on a referral I have sent to them?

The RTB cannot discuss the details of individual referrals in order to ensure that court proceedings have the best possible chance of success should prosecution of a landlord become necessary. Providing information to third parties (including those who send us the referral) concerning proceedings taken against a landlord could prejudice the case. 

 The RTB has an obligation to protect an individual’s personal information under the Data Protection Acts.  Information regarding enforcement proceedings taken against a landlord is the landlord’s personal information and is not available to third parties. 

What is the RTB doing about unregistered landlords?

The steps being taken by the RTB to pursue compliance with the registration requirement are in accordance with the provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004.

They include the issue of notices to landlords and/or occupiers of the dwellings in question, and the prosecution of offenders for non-compliance with the registration requirement. Non compliance with the terms of such Notices and the non registration of a tenancy may result in a criminal conviction. Please click here to go to Court Decisions.

What are the penalties under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004?

A person if convicted under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 for failing to comply with a notice faces a fine of up to €4000 and/or 6 months imprisonment, along with a daily fine of €250 for a continuing offence.

What potential effects can there be on a tenant if their tenancy is not registered?

The tenant may require proof of their tenancy for a number of State Agencies.  If a tenancy is not registered a tenant may have difficulty in proving residency which could effect any application they may have for residency, college places, bank loans etc.  A tenant may find it difficult to apply for tax allowances or rebates.