When and where are Tribunals hearings held?

The Tenancy Tribunal hearing will be a full hearing of all the relevant facts of the dispute. Even though the case has already been dealt with the Tribunal will review the whole case afresh

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What is a tenancy tribunal hearing?

The Tenancy Tribunal hearing will be a full hearing of all the relevant facts of the dispute. Even though the case has already been dealt with  by an adjudicator or a mediator, both parties have the opportunity to present the case in its entirety  and the Tenancy Tribunal will make a decision on the information presented to it.


What happens when an appeal to tribunal is submitted complete and on time?

Before an appeal can be deemed to be a valid appeal, the RTB must consider and grant the appeal. The application will be notified of the RTB's decision and only then will the case be referred to a Tenancy Tribunal.


How soon will the appeal be heard?

Due to the large volume of cases coming before the RTB, it is expected that, after lodging a valid appeal, the average timeframe after which your case is likely to be scheduled is within one to two months following the granting approval of the appeal. Therefore, if there is a genuine issue with availability for any given period of time please tell us as soon as the appeal has been granted in order for avoid the need for rescheduling.


Can a tribunal hearing be adjourned?

Only in rare cases. If you cannot attend the hearing, you may nominate someone to attend in your place or you may submit a written statement to the tribunal for it to consider at the hearing. You may have to show written proof (for example, pre-booked airline tickets) to verify why you cannot attend on the scheduled date.


When will the hearing be held?

All parties to a dispute, will be notified at least 21 days prior to the date on which the Tribunal hearing is due to be held. A Notice of Tenancy Tribunal Hearing will be issued and will include the date, time, venue and purpose of the hearing.

In certain circumstances parties may be given a shorter period of notice if:

  • One or more of the parties requests ashorter period and the other party consent to this request.
  • The dispute concerns alleged behaviour by one of the parties that poses an imminent danger of death or serious injury or imminent danger to the fabric of the dwelling concerned or the property containing that dwelling.
  • Where one or more of the parties indicates that there is financial or other hardship.

If, for any reason, e.g. holidays, a party is unavailable at a particular time, the Tribunal Section of the RTB should be notified  in advance of the issue of the notification letters. While every effort will be made to take these into consideration when scheduling the Tribunal, no guarantee can be given that the RTB will be in a position to allow for the dates provided. As already stated, once a date for the Tribunal has been set, it will not be possible to postpone it, apart from  in exceptional circumstances and with compelling evidence

 If parties wish to request a lesser period, they should send a submission in this regard. If you are considering sending such a submission, it would be in your best interest to do it as soon as possible. Even if parties don’t intend to appeal, it is still open to them to make such a  submission based on the basis of an appeal being lodged.


Where will the tribunal hearing be held?

The RTB operates on a national level and Mediation and Adjudication hearings are held in the following centres; Dublin City (RTB HQ), Cork City, Galway City, Limerick City, Sligo Town, Athlone and Wexford Town.

The  tribunal hearing will be held at a venue within a reasonable distance from the location of the dwelling, the subject of the dispute.