The Residential Tenancies (No.2) Act 2021: Changes to Rental Law 

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The Residential Tenancies (No.2) Act 2021 (RTA(2) 2021) (Act No. 17 of 2021) was signed into law on 9 July 2021, see here.

The Bill as passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas can be seen here.

The Residential Tenancies (No.2) Act 2021 (RTA(2) 2021) (Act No. 17 of 2021) was enacted and apart from section 6, came into operation on 9 July 2021. Section 6 which deals with rent setting came into operation on 16 July 2021.

The RTA(2) 2021: 

  • extends the rent arrears protections in Part 3 (Residential Tenancies) of the Planning and Development, and Residential Tenancies, Act 2020 (PDRTA) until 12 January 2022; 
  • restricts any rent increase in an RPZ from exceeding general inflation, as recorded by Harmonised Index of the Consumer Price (HICP); 
  • limits the amount of rent in advance and/or a deposit that landlords can ask people to pay to secure a tenancy; and 
  • provides that students do not have to give more than 28 days’ notice to terminate their rental arrangement. 

For further information on the PDRTA protections please click here. For information on all the other measures being introduced, please refer to the latest Government Guidance note, FAQ, the Rent Calculator and HICP Index Table click on the hyperlinks.  

This webpage will be updated over the coming days to provide further detail of what the legislation will entail.