Latest Rent Arrears Procedures, Requirements and Protections

This page provides an overview of what the latest rent arrears legislation means for landlords and tenants.

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Changes to Rent Arrears protections under the Planning and Development, and Residential Tenancies, Act 2020 (PDRTA 2020)


Information for Tenants availing of the protections of the PDRTA 2020

The PDRTA was enacted on 19th December 2020 and extended on the 9 July 2021, when the Government enacted the Residential Tenancies (No.2) Act 2021. This extended the original provisions and protections for tenants in rent arrears under the PDRTA 2020 to 12th January 2022.

Where the tenant complied fully with the requirements of the PDRTA (and was a ‘relevant person’ for the purposes of the PDRTA), the protections provided by that Act cover the period from 1 August 2020 to 12 January 2022.

These protections are coming to an end on the 13 January 2022 and cannot be availed of after that date.

What does this mean for tenants who availed of the protections?

If you complied with the full requirements of the PDRTA, and you were served a notice of termination for Rent Arrears, your notice period could not expire before 13th January 2022. This means if you were served with a Notice of Termination because of rent arrears, with a termination date which fell before or during the period covered by the PDRTA and you did not dispute its validity within 28 days of receiving it, the revised termination date is deemed to be 13 January 2022.

If you received such a Notice of termination with a termination date that falls after the 13 January 2022, then your termination date will be the date as specified within that notice.

The RTB would encourage landlords and tenants to communicate with each other to see if a resolution can be found and the tenancy maintained.

For more information on the process for managing rent arrears, please click here.

For the latest information on dispute resolution services during Covid-19, please click here.

Please note the RTB does not manage Covid-19 income supports or Covid-19 public health guidelines. For the latest information, please visit the Department of Social Protection's website here or the HSE's website