What is a Landlord?
A landlord is the owner of a property who leases or rents it to another person. The person who rents the property is a tenant. The agreement between the landlord and tenant is a tenancy.
Your rights as a Landlord
Under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, landlords have right to:
- Set the rent, once every two years according to the current market
- Receive the rent from the tenant on the date it is due
- Pay any charges related to the property e.g. taxes and duties
- End the tenancy without reason within the first six months of a tenancy. However, special care should be taken when dealing with fixed term tenancies as a reason will always have to be given
- Be informed of who is living in the property
- Decide whether to allow sub-letting by the tenant
- Be informed of any repairs needed and be granted reasonable access to fix them
- Refer disputes to the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) once the tenancy is registered
Your obligations as a Landlord
Under law, a landlord cannot refuse to rent property to any prospective tenant because of their gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller’s community. From 1st January 2016 a landlord cannot discriminate against a person in receipt of rent supplement, housing assistance or any payment under the Social Welfare Acts.
As a Landlord, you must:
- Register the tenancy agreement with the RTB. If you do not register then you will not be able to avail of the RTB’s dispute resolutions service and you may be prosecuted.
- Provide your tenant with a rent book (if no written lease is in place) and receipts of payment
- Make sure that your property is in good condition
- Maintain the property to the standard it was at the start of the tenancy
- Reimburse the tenants for any repairs carried out on the structure
- Insure the property
- Provide your tenant with information and contact details of any agent who deals on your behalf.
As a new landlord you may wish to visit www.irishlandlord.com or www.ipoa.ie where you will find additional information on becoming a Landlord.
To register your tenancy online click here.
To request a paper RTB1 Tenancy Registration application form please contact 0818 30 30 37 and select Option 1 to speak to one of our agents.