Disputes between landlords and tenants increased by 10% last year – TheJournal.ie

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THE NUMBER OF disputes between landlords and tenants brought to the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) increased by 10% last year, according to its annual report. 

The RTB received 6,398 applications for dispute resolution, while it also was contacted 260,188 times via phone, emails and web-chat channels. 

The main reasons disputes were brought to the RTB involved rent arrears/overholding comprising 26% of complaints, the validity of a notice of termination at 22%, and deposit retention at 20%. 

In 2018, 42% of all notices of termination submitted by landlords were deemed to be invalid, while some 45% of all disputes raised were withdrawn or settled before a hearing took place. 

The number of people contacting the RTB for information and services increased by 6% in 2018 – up by almost 50% on 2015, just three years previous. 

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