The quickest way to register a tenancy is by using our online account facility.
- To enable you to register a tenancy online you will need to create an online account here.
- Click here to register a tenancy online.
- Here is a step-by-step guide to registering a tenancy online.
In order to access your online account, you will need your account ID, password and pin. When you first create your account, you will receive 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.
To view additional information on creating and managing your RTB online account please click here.
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 2019/2020.
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.
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.