Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Private Rented Accommodation
1342. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the RTB should hear cases from tenants who have had their deposits retained by landlords or other disputes, but that are not in tenancies covered by the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 but that have faced issues of evictions and non-refunding of deposits (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5963/20]
Section 3 of the Residential Tenancies Acts 2004 - 2019 provides that those Acts apply to every dwelling the subject of a tenancy, subject to certain exemptions. Section 3(2)(g) provides that those Acts do not apply to a dwelling within which the landlord also resides.
Section 37 of the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019 extended the application of the Residential Tenancies Acts to certain licences for student-specific accommodation.
The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) was established as an independent statutory body under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 to operate a national tenancy registration system and to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. Due to the quasi-judicial nature of work of the RTB, it would be inappropriate for me, as Minister, or my Department to comment on or intervene in the specifics of any individual case including with regard to the jurisdiction or otherwise of the RTB to deal with a particular dispute.