Property Advice: Renting Property in Ireland
Landlords in Ireland have the following rights:
To decide the rent amount payable by the tenant, bearing in mind that the rent charged cannot exceed the current market rate, to receive the agreed rental payment on the date specified in the rental agreement and landlords are allowed to review the rent on an annual basis. The exact details of this should be clearly stated in the rental agreement.
Landlords are also allowed to terminate a tenancy without supplying a reason within the first six months of the tenancy, to be kept informed regarding the person normally resident in the property and be the final arbitrator regarding potential sub-letting.
Also, Irish landlords are entitled to be kept informed of any and all repairs and normal maintenance required on the property and to be given, reasonable access to resolve outstanding maintenance issues.
Landlords are obliged to register the tenancy with the Private Residential Tenancies Board, which now replaces the courts regarding resolution of tenancy disputes and they must supply tenants with either a rent book or a clear statement of rent paid.
Landlords do not have the right, without permission from their tenants, to enter or occupy property covered under a rental agreement. They cannot take property or personal items belonging to the tenant in lieu of outstanding rent or deposits.
To avoid landlord/tenant disputes, landlords should provide tenants with a detailed list of the contents of the house and agreement should be reached as to the condition of the house before the new tenants move in.
Landlords may have to compromise between including enough furniture to enable their property to appear comfortable and ready for immediate occupation, whilst as the same time avoid filling up what may well be a relatively small living area.
Landlords must be prepared to accept a certain amount of unavoidable normal wear and tear in the furnishings and fittings of the house, especially if they are lucky enough to have their property continuously rented out. Tenants, for their part, will need to understand that, in order to present the house properly, the landlord may provide them with items of furniture that should be treated properly.
This website has no connection or association with any landlord or tenants organisation or any estate agency or professional property body . This article is only intended as a general guide to some aspects of renting law. You should consult your solicitor or legal representative directly for the latest information regarding current renting legislation.
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