Residential Tenancies Act 2019 – Lexology

1. What is the Residential Tenancies Act?

The Residential Tenancies Act 2004 is the main legislation in Ireland governing the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants. The Act applies to every dwelling that involves a landlord/tenant relationship with a few exceptions e.g. holidays homes. Further exceptions are set out in section 3(2) of the Act.

2. What changes did the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019 (the 2019 Act”) introduce?

The 2019 Act was introduced to strengthen the position of tenants in the landlord/tenant relationship. The main reforms were in relation to Rent Pressure Zones, strengthening the powers of the Residential Tenancies Board (“RTB”), Notice Periods and Remedial Notices.

3. When do the amendments commence?

The majority of the amendments have now commenced with the first set of amendments in effect since 31 May 2019. There are a number of amendments which have yet to commence such as section 34

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