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What happens if I don't register a tenancy?

Landlords are legally obliged to register all tenancies to which the Act applies.  Failure to register 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 and/or imprisonment, along with a daily fine of €250 for a continuing offence, the current fine is up to €4,000 and or 6 months imprisonment.

Where prosecution proceedings have been instituted and on conviction the RTB will at least seek reimbursement of costs.

What potential effects can there be on my tenant if I do not register their tenancy?

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.

Who shares information with the RTB?

The RTB receives information from a number of sources including the Department of Social Protection, Local Authorities, Elected Representatives, Residents Associations, Tenants, Landlords and Members of the Public.

The RTB provides information to a number of other Public Sector bodies in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 as the legislation pertaining to the body in question. Those include the Department of Social Protection, the Local Authorities and the Revenue Commissioners.

The RTB are restricted in the information they can disclose regarding the source and details of information provided to the RTB for the purposes of Registrations Enforcement under data protection legislation and in the interest of the proper functioning of the Section.

How can I contact the registration enforcement section of the PRTB?

The Registration Enforcements section of the RTB may be contacted by phone on 0818-303038  (Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm) or by email at enforcement@rtb.ie
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What do I do if I received a Notice/Solicitor's letter regarding Registration Enforcement?

Contact the Registration Enforcement section immediately quoting the reference number on the notice/solicitor's letter you received, the reference will begin with an 'RE' and can be found at the top of the notice.

The Registration Enforcements section of the PRTB may be contacted by phone on 0818- 303038  (Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5pm) or by email at enforcement@prtb.ie

If you are submitting an application to register a tenancy this must be done immediately on receipt of a Registration Enforcement notice. You must contact the Registration Enforcement section with the Registration number when confirmation of registration is received.

Why do I have to pay the late fee?

In all circumstances where the application to register is received by the PRTB later than one month from the tenancy commencement date, the late fee applies. The late fee is set at double the standard fee per tenancy.

The standard fee is currently €90, the late fee is €180.  For tenancies which commenced prior to 1st January 2011 the late fee which applies is €140 (the fee increased from €70 to €90 on 1st January 2011).

The Residential Tenancies Act 2004 does not provide for any exemptions from the requirement to pay the late fee.

The PRTB therefore has no power or discretion to waive the late fee in any situation, regardless or the circumstances or reason for delay.

If there is no tenancy can I ignore the Notice?

No, you must contact the PRTB to inform the PRTB that the information is incorrect.

If you fail to contact the PRTB enforcement proceedings will continue and this may ultimately result in a prosecution by the PRTB under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004.

Please note that all tenancies, to which the Act applies, must be registered including tenancies which have ceased.

Where prosecution proceedings have been instituted and on conviction the PRTB will seek reimbursement of costs.

What happens if I ignore the Notice/Solicitor's letter?

The PRTB will proceed with prosecution proceedings under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and this may ultimately result in a criminal conviction and a fine and costs being awarded against you.

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 and/or imprisonment, along with a daily fine of €250 for a continuing offence, the current fine is up to €4,000 and or 6 months imprisonment Please click here to go to Court Decisions.