All Landlords, Tenants and Property owners are bound by legislation in Ireland. Please see below a summary of the legislation relating to rental property in Ireland at present.

RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT 2004

The Residential Tenancies Act 2004 sets out both Landlord and Tenant Rights and Obligations for the duration of the tenancy. Both the Landlord and Tenant are bound by the Covenants listed within this Act.

The full Act can be found at http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2004/act/27/enacted/en/html

THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES BOARD (RTB)

The RTB is a statutory body that was established by the Government in 2004. The RTB acts as a national Register for private rented dwellings and offers a private dispute resolution service to resolve disputes between a Landlord and a Tenant. Each tenancy must be registered with the RTB at a fee of €90 per registration. All tenant’s residing in a property must be registered with the RTB.

Further information can be found at www.rtb.ie.

THE PROPERTY SERVICES REGULATORY AUTHORITY (PSRA)

The PSRA was established by the Government in 2012. The objective of the PSRA is to control and regulate all Property Service Providers (PSP’s) in Ireland i.e. Auctioneer’s, Estate Agent’s, Property Management Agents etc. Under the Property Services (Regulation) Act 2011, all PSP’s must be licenced in order to operate. The PSRA also offers a dispute service where they receive complaints relating to PSP’s and carry out investigations in relation to these complaints.

Further information on the PSRA and on the Property Services (Regulation) Act 2011 can be found at http://www.psr.ie/website/npsra/npsraweb.nsf/page/index-en

MINIMUM HOUSING STANDARDS

Minimum standards are set out in the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 and the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) (Amendment) Regulations 2009. These regulations specify requirements in relation to a range of matters such as structural repair, absence of damp and rot, sanitary facilities, heating, ventilation, light and safety of gas and electrical supply.

Full details are available on the Department’s website www.environ.ie