Ireland - Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019 – Explained

The Residential Tenancies Board (“RTB”) (formerly PRTB) was established back in 2004 by the Residential Tenancies Act 2004. Since 2015 in particular, there has been a steady flow of amendments to this legislation, generally in favour of tenants. The Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019 (“2019 Act”) is no different and with some exceptions, strengthens protection for tenants in the rental market. While these changes may be easier to absorb for institutional landlords, they will make life more difficult for non-professional landlords. The content of the legislation should bring no surprises to anyone watching the PRS market. Given the government focus on the sector – due to increased rental levels, lack of availability of quality accommodation and so on - the introduction of sanctions and greater policing powers for the RTB was inevitable.


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