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Rights, Responsibilities & Obligations

Under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, landlords have the right to: 

  • Set or review the rent in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act 2004-2015, see more information here.
  • Receive the rent from a 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 the tenancy.  However, special care should be taken when dealing with Fixed Term tenancies. For more information on Fixed Term tenancies click here.
  • Be informed of who is living in the property.
  • Decide whether to allow sub-letting by the tenant (does not apply to Approved Housing Body landlords).
  • Be informed of any repairs needed and be granted access to fix them.
  • Refer disputes to the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) once the tenancy is registered.

Landlord Obligations:

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.

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 resolution service and you may be prosecuted.
  • Provide your tenant with a rent book and receipts of payments.
  • 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.
  • Provide your tenant with your contact details if you don’t use an agent.
  • Give tenants 90 days’ notice of a rent review if applicable. See more information on Rent Review notices here
  • Give tenants a written Notice of Termination of tenancy. Please see our Sample Notices of Termination page.
  • Return deposits to your tenant at the end of tenancy if appropriate.
  • Give tenants notice of any impending inspections of the property. 

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