Taking effect from 04 April 2022, a landlord is obliged to apply to the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) to register a tenancy - or a licence in Student Specific Accommodation (SSA) - within 1 month of its commencement date and every year after this, on the anniversary of the date the tenancy began, for so long as the tenancy/SSA licence exists.
For existing tenancies, from 04 April 2022, each year on the anniversary of the date the tenancy began, landlords must re-register that tenancy on an annual basis, for so long as the tenancy/SSA licence exists.
Information on Annual Registration is available here.
For information on re-registering an existing tenancy click here.
How to register a tenancy by post?
Paper forms can be downloaded here or by clicking 'Tenancy Registration Application (RTB1) Form under the related downloads on the right, completed and sent by post to Residential Tenancies Board, PO Box 47, Clonakilty, County Cork, or can be scanned and emailed to email@example.com.
The RTB would like to remind all applicants if you are submitting a registration application by post, a fully completed Registration Application Form RTB1 is required. This applies to both new registrations and annual registration renewals. Should a registration payment be received and not accompanied by a fully completed RTB1 Form, the registration application cannot be processed.
Please note, older versions of the RTB1 form will not be accepted and the most up-to-date version of the form must be used. The appropriate version of the form can be downloaded on this page under 'Related Downloads'.
The most efficient way to update your tenancy is by using the RTB’s online account system, which can be accessed here.
Setting up an online account is a simple process. To find out more information about using the RTB’s online account system click here.
If you need assistance our customer contact service is available during regular business hours.
Student Specific Accommodation
Registration rules vary for Student Specific Accommodation. More information can be found here. Please note the online portal and RTB 1 paper form will not be available to register these tenancies for the academic year 2021/2022.
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 email. 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.