Disputes between landlords and tenants up 10% last year – The Irish Times

Disputes between landlords and tenants rose by 10 per cent last year while almost half of efforts to terminate lettings were deemed invalid, according to the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB).

In one case, a tenant deliberately damaged water pipes in order to flood the bathroom and kitchen of a property, the body that oversees the private rental sector said.

Demand for its services maintained a steady increase in 2018 with general contacts rising 6 per cent.

“Every year, for the last five years, demand for RTB Services has continued to grow, reflecting the continued pressures people are feeling in the rental market,” said director Rosalind Carrol at the launch of its annual report on Wednesday.

Disputes between landlord and tenant are a key component of the RTB’s workload with 6,398 resolution applications lodged in 2018.

Rent arrears, the validity of terminations and retention of deposits, in that order, made up

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