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We have years of experience in letting & property management. Rest assured that we can provide all the resources and guidance you need to plan properly for your tenancy agreements / contracts and also to ensure that you are meeting your own legal & tax obligations with regard to same.


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As a landlord, you must:

  • Register the tenancy with the RTB annually and update them of any changes to the tenancy.

  • Provide your tenant with a rent book or statement of rent paid

  • Make sure that the property meets certain minimum standards (though the standards for food preparation, storage and laundry purposes do not apply to Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs)

  • Repair and maintain the interior of the property to the standard it was in at the start of the tenancy

  • Repair and maintain the structure of the property

  • Provide a Building Energy Rating (BER) for the property

  • Reimburse tenants for any repairs they make which are your responsibility

  • Insure the property (if it is impossible to get insurance, or if the cost is unreasonable, this obligation doesn’t apply)

  • Provide the tenant with information about any agents who are authorised to deal on your behalf (such as management companies, agencies, personal representatives)

  • Ensure that the tenant knows how to contact you or your agent

  • Give private tenants 90 days’ notice of a rent review and follow the rules about how often you can do this (AHBs should give notice “as soon as is practicable”)

  • Provide tenants with a valid written notice of termination and follow all the rules around terminating a tenancy



You must also make sure that the tenants meet their obligations. Anyone who is affected by your tenants’ failure to meet their obligations can make a complaint against you to the RTB.

The Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019 gives the RTB extended powers to investigate, caution and sanction landlords who break their statutory obligations as a landlord. The RTB will investigate if a landlord:

  • Does not comply with Rent Pressure Zone rules

  • Does not register tenancies with the RTB and keep them up-to-date with changes to the rent

  • Does not offer a tenancy back to a tenant, if the property becomes available to rent again, and the tenant was originally asked to leave the property because the landlord was selling the property, changing its use, substantially refurbishing it, or because they needed it for themselves or an immediate family member

  • Provides false or misleading reasons for terminating a tenancy

Find out more about the RTB’s investigations and sanctions unit on the RTB’s website.

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