The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) launched investigations into 51 alleged breaches of rental laws last year, with the majority of cases relating to increases in rent over the 4% threshold for properties in rent pressure zones.
The investigations follow the granting of new powers to the RTB in July last year to investigate and sanction landlords who engage in certain breaches of rental laws.
The new powers saw the RTB launch a confidential phone line, email address, and formal complaint form to allow members of the public to report concerns.
According to the board’s 2019 annual report, it received 263 reports through this mechanism between July and December last year, which led to the opening of 51 investigations.
The key issues being raised were a failure by landlords to register a tenancy and rent increases
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