THE SCOPE OF THE RENT TRIBUNAL
The Rent Tribunal was set up to fix the terms of tenancy of dwellings formerly controlled under the Rent Restrictions Acts. The Rent Tribunal does not deal with other types of private rented accommodation.
WHAT DOES THE RENT TRIBUNAL DO?
If the landlord or the tenant of a formerly controlled dwelling applies to it, the Rent Tribunal will fix the terms of tenancy, including the rent for the dwelling.
RENTS SET BY THE TRIBUNAL
Where a landlord and tenant cannot reach an agreement on the rent for a dwelling either may apply to the Rent Tribunal to have the rent fixed. In fixing a rent the Tribunal will take into account the factors set out below. The Tribunal will also have regard to any improvements carried out by the tenant to the dwelling.
HOW THE TRIBUNAL WORKS
The Rent Tribunal determines applications on the basis of written submissions made to it and oral hearings held by it. The Tribunal requires that landlords and tenants applying to it furnish certain written information. Any information provided by one party will be forwarded to the other party. The Tribunal will hold an oral hearing if either party requests it but the case can be determined solely on the basis of written submissions. An inspection of the dwelling will normally be carried out by the Tribunal, which would usually include a member who has valuation expertise.
THE CONDUCT OF ORAL HEARINGS
Oral hearings are held before three members of the Tribunal. The proceedings will be as informal as possible and the parties may present their own cases or have somebody appear on their behalf.
DECISIONS OF THE RENT TRIBUNAL
The decision of the Rent Tribunal on an application will be communicated in writing to both parties as soon as possible after the date of the determination. The decision will be sent in the form of a signed order of the Tribunal and will include the terms of tenancy of the dwelling.