The Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) was set up under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004. Its main functions are:
It also provides policy advice to the Government on the private rented sector.
The Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2012 (pdf) proposes to bring many tenancies in the voluntary housing sector under the remit of the PRTB.
The Residential Tenancies Act 2004 deals with the regulation of the mainstream private rented housing sector.
The Act sets out the rights and obligations of both landlords and tenants in private residential tenancies. A private residential tenancy means a tenancy that is agreed privately between a landlord and a tenant.
The Act does not apply to the following types of rented property:
Part 4 of the Act (which deals with security of tenure) does not apply to:
The PRTB maintains a national register of private residential tenancies. All such tenancies must be registered and there are penalties for landlords who do not register.
The PRTB can share information with local authorities, which enforce the regulations relating to standards and rent books. It can also share information with the Department of Social Protection and the Revenue Commissioners.
Read more about tenancy registration.
The PRTB provides a confidential dispute resolution service. You can initiate the dispute resolution process if you are a tenant, a landlord or are otherwise directly affected by a problem (for example, if you are a neighbour). A landlord who has not registered the tenancy with the PRTB cannot use the dispute resolution service, but their tenant(s) can use it.
The PRTB has published a number of research reports on issues in the private rented sector and it also publishes a quarterly Rent Index. It provides a wide range of information for tenants, landlords and agents, along with sample forms and other publications.
The basic rate is €90 per tenancy where the PRTB receives the completed application within a month of the start of the tenancy, with a late fee of €180 per tenancy where an application is received after that. Read more details of registration fees on the PRTB’s website.
The online fee is €15 and it costs €25 to apply on paper.
The online fee for appeal to a tenancy tribunal is €85 and it costs €100 to apply on paper.
You can submit a dispute online or else contact the PRTB and ask for a dispute application form.
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If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.