Your rights as a tenant come from the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, the Housing Regulations on Minimum Standards and from any written or oral agreement with the landlord. They include that:
- The rented accommodation must be in good condition. e.g. structurally sound, availability of hot/cold water, adequate heating, appliances in working order, electricity and gas supply in good repair. Please see our Minimum Standards page
- The tenant must have privacy. Landlords can only enter the rented accommodation with your permission unless it is an emergency.
- Tenants must have a rent book, written contract or lease with the landlord.
- Tenants must be informed when the landlord reviews their rent. Please see information on Rent Reviews here.
- Tenants must be able to contact their landlords at any reasonable time.
- Tenants must be reimbursed by the Landlord for any repairs they have carried out on the accommodation. If the damage is beyond normal wear and tear then it is the tenant’s responsibility to pay.
- Tenants must be given valid notice before termination of the tenancy.
- Tenants can refer disputes to the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB).
Your Obligations as a Tenant:
- Pay your rent in full and on time.
- Maintain the property in good order and inform the landlord when repairs are needed, allowing him/her or others access for this.
- Do not engage in any activities that may harm the property e.g. drying clothes inside the accommodation without proper ventilation, as this may cause damp to spread.
- Allow the landlord to do routine inspections of the property.
- Inform the landlord of who is living in the property.
- Avoid causing damage, nuisance or breaking the law.
- Comply with the terms of the tenancy agreement whether written or verbal.
- Give the landlord valid notice before termination of the tenancy. See sample Notices of Termination here.
- Keep a record of all repairs, payments and dealings with the landlord.
- Not to do anything that could affect the landlord’s insurance premium on the dwelling.
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