Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 3 June 2021
Public Accounts Committee
Vote 34 - Housing, Planning and Local Government (resumed)
Mr. Paul Lemass:
There is, in fact, a registration process in the RTB. That sets out to identify situations where people have not registered their tenancies with the RTB, whether it is a HAP tenancy or a private rental tenancy. That service includes the potential to issue a fine of up to €4,000 or six months in prison. The RTB obtains information from members of the public. It has its own research as well. It also has an investigations and sanctions unit, which has a staff in excess of 15 people. It proactively tries to identify situations like this as well as situations where there might be a breach of the rent pressure zones and other such breaches. Those facilities, most definitely, do exist within the RTB, not just for HAP tenancies but for all tenancies.