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Who is a Landlord?

A landlord is the owner of a property who leases or rents it to another person. The person who rents the property is a tenant. The agreement between the landlord and tenant is a tenancy.

Landlord Rights

Under legislation a landlord has the right to: 

Landlord Responsibilities 

A landlord must: 

Moving in Checklist

It is a good idea to take photographs of the property before the commencement of the tenancy, and to record the date the photos were taken. Similarly, photos of the property should be taken before the tenant moves out. This is important should an issue arise regarding the condition of the property when the tenancy ends.  

It is a good idea to take an inventory of the contents and furniture, note any damage and identify any breakages. Both landlords and tenants should sign an inventory and condition report. 

A sample inventory and condition report can be found here.

It is important to obtain a tenant’s PPS number before a tenancy commences.  A PPS number is a unique identifier, and in the event of a dispute, the RTB will have an improved chance of tracing a tenant(s) address if a PPS number is provided. Without a PPS number, the RTB may not be able to locate the tenant and may not be in a position to process your dispute.  

  • Landlords should search the RTB website for all dispute outcomes involving tenants before renting out their property
  • Landlords should be familiar with their rights and responsibilities as well as those of their tenant(s). 
  • Landlords should provide the tenant(s) with their contact details or those of the agent.
  • Landlords should get the tenant(s) contact details.
  • Check to get further information on taxation implications on rental income and deductions.  

A Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) is a designated area where rents cannot be increased by more than general inflation, as recorded by the Harmonised Index of the Consumer Price (HICP) and the rent previously set, cannot increase by more than 2% per annum pro rata, where HICP inflation is higher. This applies to new and existing tenancies (unless an exemption is being applied).

In the case of a new tenancy in an RPZ, a landlord is required to furnish the tenant, in writing, with the following information at the commencement of the tenancy:  

  • The amount of rent that was last set, which is the rent amount the previous tenant was paying in the rental dwelling.  
  • The date the rent was last set, which is the date that the tenancy commenced or the date the landlord previously set and served the notice of rent review.   
  • A statement as to how the rent was set in the rental dwelling having regard to the RTB Rent Pressure Zone calculator which reflects the latest HICP.  

See here for more information on setting rent in Rent Pressure Zones.