How to renew your registration?
Because of the restrictions in place due to Covid-19, we can no longer accept paper form tenancy registration applications into the RTB during this emergency period.
If you have a tenancy registration to renew, please click here to access your online RTB account or to create a new RTB account.
In order to access your online account, you will need your account ID, password and pin. When you first created your account, you will have received an e-mail, which will contain your account ID. Please note your account ID is different to your RT number. An RT number (RT-xxxx-xxxxxxxx) is a unique identifying number which is assigned to each registered tenancy.
Please note: if you forget your password/pin you will need access to the email account that is registered to your RTB online account in order to recover these details. It is important that if you change your email address you should log into your RTB account and update your profile with this new information.
If you have previously registered your tenancy by post and would like to renew your registration online, you will need to set up an online account. You can then add your existing tenancy to your online account and renew that tenancy.
Previously registered tenancies can be added to your online account using this helpful guide.
To view additional information on creating and managing your RTB online account please click here.
If you have any queries in relation to your registration, we would encourage everyone to use our online services such as Web Chat and e-mail during this time.
If you need assistance, our customer contact service will continue through Web Chat to operate during regular business hours on our website, or you can email any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
When to renew your registration?
For tenancies that began before the 24th December 2016, after a 6 month probationary period the tenant secures the right to remain in the property for a further 3 ½ years. When a tenancy has been in existence for 4 years, it must be renewed.
For tenancies that began after 24th December 2016, after a 6 month probationary period the tenant secures the right to remain for a further 5 ½ years. When a tenancy has been in existence for 6 years, it must be renewed.
Types of Tenancies
A fixed term tenancy is a tenancy that lasts for a specific amount of time. A ‘Part 4’ tenancy runs alongside a fixed term tenancy, which means that the tenant shall, after a period of 6 months and as in the normal course, become entitled to the provisions of a ‘Part 4’ tenancy (i.e. they can stay in the property for 6 years). This simply means that irrespective of the length of fixed term lease, a tenant has an entitlement to remain in the dwelling for up to 6 years and the landlord can only terminate the tenancy on limited grounds.
Tenancy Confirmation Letter
Once the tenancy registration has been fully processed by the RTB and paid in full by the landlord, both landlord and tenant(s) will receive a letter, confirming the tenancy has been registered. Letters of confirmation are issued by e-mail or post, depending on the preferred method of communication chosen by the landlord. Typically letters to the tenants are issued by post, unless the RTB has received a request to do so by e-mail. Tenancy confirmation letters are important documents and should be kept in a safe place as landlords and tenants, may need to refer to it during the tenancy or after the tenancy has ended.
Landlords may use the confirmation letter as a receipt for payment of the registration fee, where appropriate. Landlords may be requested to provide this confirmation letter to the Revenue Commissioners when seeking mortgage interest relief on residential properties. Tenants may require proof of their tenancy for a number of State Agencies – the confirmation letter may be required for this purpose also.
Amendments made to the Residential Tenancies Act, in 2019, mean that landlords will be required to register each tenancy annually based on the anniversary of the tenancy commencement date. This part of the legislation has not yet commenced, so tenancy registration continues as usual, when a new tenancy starts or a renewal of a tenancy takes place. If you are an existing landlord, the RTB will contact you prior to the introduction of Annual Registration, to make sure you are fully informed. For further information, see Annual Registration for further details.