Who decides what areas are Rent Pressure Zones? Rents are closely monitored and the Housing Agency, following consultation with the Local Authority concerned, may propose an area to the Minister for consideration. The Minister will ask the Residential Tenancies Board, which collects and monitors the data on rents, to assess whether the criteria apply to the area.
The RTB will then publish the designation. Are all rental properties covered? Properties that are new to the rental market and have not been let at any time in the previous two years and properties which have undergone a substantial change can be exempted from the measure. This would involve significant alterations or improvements which add to the letting value of the property.
If I want to raise the rent on my dwelling in a Rent Pressure Zone, what do I need to do Where a landlord is setting the rent in a Rent Pressure Zone the amount can not be greater than the amount determined by the below formula, the existing requirement that the rent set is not above the local market rents for similar properties still applies and three examples of rents for similar properties in the locality must be presented to demonstrate this. To encourage additional investment into the market, the Minister had excluded new units and units vacant for over 2 years that will be put back into the market.
Contact the local office that administers your Rent Supplement.
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The Tenancy Protection Service can help you in making an application. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, in conjunction with Threshold, operates a special protocol for tenants on Rent Supplement in areas where supply issues are particularly acute - Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow, Cork city and environs, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.
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Contact the Tenancy Protection Service on Dublin Outreach Clinic Co. Tuesday 2pm - 5pm Tel: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 9 pm Locall: If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 07 Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre. Introduction The amount of rent payable for a property is agreed between the landlord and tenant at the start of a tenancy. Market rent Under Section 19 of the Residential Tenancies Act , landlords cannot charge more than the open market rate of rent.
Rent reviews A rent review can result in an increase or reduction of the rent.
The landlord must give the tenant the following information, in writing, at the start of the tenancy: The amount of rent that was last set under a tenancy for the dwelling The date the rent was last set under a tenancy for the dwelling A statement as to how the rent set under the tenancy of the dwelling has been calculated, having regard to the Rent Pressure Zone formula In existing tenancies starting before 24 December the first rent review in a Rent Pressure Zone may take place a minimum of 24 months from either the start of the tenancy or from the date when you were notified in writing of your last review.
Notice of rent review Once the required period 12 or 24 months has elapsed, your landlord can issue a notice of rent review. Requesting a rent review As a tenant, you can ask your landlord to review the rent if: You think it is more than the current market rate for the property or You want a new review and more than 24 months have passed.
If your landlord is raising the rent Threshold, the national housing charity, publishes detailed advice on how to deal with rent increases.
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You must continue to pay your rent until the case has been determined by the RTB. Threshold Dublin Outreach Clinic Co. Tenancy Protection Service Opening Hours: Cork Ireland Opening Hours: Related Documents Residential Tenancies Board The Residential Tenancies Board maintains a register of private rented tenancies and housing association tenancies and provides a dispute resolution service. Contact Us If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 07 Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.
The Equal Status Acts — apply to lettings and accommodation. Landlords cannot discriminate against potential tenants on grounds of gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller community. Since 1 January , you cannot be discriminated against when renting because you are getting Rent Supplement or any other social welfare payment, or a Housing Assistance Payment HAP.
This means that landlords can no longer state when advertising accommodation that HAP or Rent Supplement is not accepted and they cannot refuse to rent you accommodation because you are getting a social welfare payment. If you feel you have been discriminated against by a landlord or their agent, you can find out more about making a complaint under the Equal Status Acts. Be aware of your rights and your obligations as a tenant and your landlord's rights and obligations.
Your landlord, for example, is obliged to provide you with a rent book and to ensure that the accommodation meets certain minimum physical standards. If the landlord wants you to sign a fixed-term lease, don't agree unless you are sure you want to stay for that length of time. If you leave before the end of a fixed-term lease, you may lose your deposit. Your tenancy is are not covered by landlord and tenant legislation if you are renting a room in your landlord's home, but it is covered if you are renting a self-contained apartment or flat.
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Ask the landlord for a written list of all furnishings and appliances provided. You and the landlord should sign this list at the start of the tenancy to show that you agree on the furnishings supplied and their condition. This will help to prevent disputes during your stay and when you are leaving. This list should be included in the rent book.
If there are any signs of damage by previous tenants, make sure this is noted too. You could photograph or otherwise record the existing condition of the property and any damage to walls, furniture or appliances. If there are outstanding repairs, ask the landlord to state in writing that they will be carried out. Some landlords or agents may ask you for a holding deposit when you decide to take the accommodation.
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This is a sum of money you pay to hold the property for you before you sign the lease and enter into a contract with the landlord. You should always get a written receipt for a holding deposit. You will be asked for a security deposit before moving into the accommodation. You should get a receipt for any deposit you pay. The amount of deposit paid should be stated in your rent book. You may lose your deposit if:. Threshold is a useful source of information and advice on landlord and tenant issues. Read Threshold's advice on seeking private rented accommodation and on tenancy issues in general.
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