31st October 2019: The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) is inviting landlords in Kilkenny, Dublin and the surrounding counties to take part in its Betterlet: RTB Accredited Landlord voluntary accreditation scheme this November and December. The RTB is hosting free, one-day accreditation courses for landlords in the following locations and dates:
- Saturday, 23rd November, in the River Court Hotel, Kilkenny
- Saturday, 30th November, in the Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport in Dublin County in partnership with Fingal County Council
- Saturday, 7th December, in the Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin
The Betterlet: RTB Landlord Accreditation scheme aims to support landlords to gain a stronger understanding of their rental rights and responsibilities, as well as equip them with the knowledge of the latest legislative changes that effect their new or existing tenancies.
Commenting on the benefits of the Betterlet: RTB Accredited Landlord scheme, Caren Gallagher, RTB Head of Communications and Research said:
“The RTB recognises that landlords play a vital role in providing healthy and safe homes for people across the country. We also understand that it is challenging to navigate the complex legal framework governing the rental sector.
Therefore, the Betterlet: RTB Accredited Landlord scheme aims to support landlords to be better informed and more confident in their ability to apply and adhere to the regulations under which they must operate, helping to mitigate any unnecessary penalties or disputes with tenants. We encourage landlords in Kilkenny, Dublin and surrounding counties to join one of these free upcoming sessions.”
The accreditation course will take place from 10:00am to 5:00pm and will cover the following areas, which have been updated with the latest legislative changes:
- Pre-tenancy guidance
- How to manage a tenancy throughout from beginning to end
- Rights and responsibilities – landlord and tenant
- Dispute prevention and what to do if things go wrong
- Minimum standards – how to ensure your property is compliant with the minimum standards
- Rent Pressure Zone qualification criteria and exemptions
- How to end a tenancy – information on how to correctly serve notice and what reasons can be relied upon
Participants’ accreditation will be subject to a short assessment at the end of the course. Once awarded, accreditation is valid for two years.
Ms Gallagher continued:
“Last year we received 6,398 applications for dispute resolution services and we hope our Betterlet seminars will allow the RTB to continue to provide support services to both landlords and tenants to ensure that we can have an effective regulated sector, that is fair, accessible and beneficial for all.”