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The following is a general overview of your rights, duties and responsibilities as a landlord/lady in Ireland.


Your rights and obligations as a landlord/lady in Ireland come from specific landlord/tenant law. The main legislation governing these rights and obligations in private rented accommodation is set down in the Landlords and Tenants Acts 1967–1994 and the Residential Tenancies Act 2004


Rights as a Landlord/Landlady

You have the right to:
  • Set the rent, although the rent cannot be more than the current market rate

  • Receive the correct rent on the date it is due

  • Review the rent annually

  • Terminate a tenancy without giving a reason during the first six months

  • Be informed who is ordinarily living in the property

  • Be informed of any repairs needed

  • Be given reasonable access to the property to carry out repairs

  • Refer disputes to the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), if the tenancy is registered with them

You do not have the right to:
  • Enter your tenants' home without permission

  • Take or retain your tenants' property, even if they haven't paid the rent

  • Charge more than the market rate for the property


Responsibilities of a Landlord/Landlady

  • Register the tenancy with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB)

  • Provide your tenant with a rent book or statement of rent paid

  • Ensure the property meets certain minimum accommodation standards

  • Repair and maintain the structure of the property

  • Provide your contact details, or your agent's details, to the tenant

  • Provide tenants with 28 days notice of a rent review

  • If terminating the tenancy you must give tenants, in writing, a valid notice of termination

  • Return deposits to the tenant, unless the tenant has not paid the rent or has damaged the property


Deposits

As a landlord/lady you may withhold a deposit, or part of it, only if:
  • Your tenant has not given you proper notice if leaving before the end of the Tenancy Agreement

  • You have been left with outstanding bills or rent

  • The tenant has caused damage to your property beyond the normal wear and tear


Refusal to grant a tenancy

Equal Status Act 2000 applies to lettings. You cannot discriminate against potential tenants on grounds of gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or race.


Tax on rental income

Landlords pay tax on rental income under the Revenue Commissioner's Self-Assessment system. You are entitled to deduct some expenses from the tax you pay on rental income. If you rent out a room in your home you are exempt from income tax, provided the amount of rent does not exceed a certain amount.