Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Rented Dwellings Register

Francis Noel Duffy (Dublin South West, Green Party)
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1049. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the regulations relating to property rentals in circumstances (details supplied); if there is a register of the beneficial owner who can be held accountable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10564/20]

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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Section 12 and 16 of the Residential Tenancies Acts 2004-2019 sets out the obligations of landlords and tenants, respectively. Under section 15, a landlord owes to each person who could be potentially affected a duty to enforce the tenant’s obligations and subject to certain conditions, such a person can refer a complaint for resolution to the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) under section 77 where a landlord's obligation under section 15 has been breached. Section 77(3) provides for the RTB to furnish the name and address of the landlord or his or her authorised agent of the dwelling to facilitate a prospective complainant to contact the landlord in question on the matter arising, prior to referring a complaint to the RTB for resolution. 

Since 4 June 2019 on foot an amendment provided by section 24 of the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019, the name and address where the landlord ordinarily resides is required when a landlord registers a tenancy of a dwelling with the RTB. This new information requirement builds on the requirement already in place for each tenancy registration application to include any other address for correspondence the landlord may wish to provide and the personal public service number (if any of the landlord) and where the application is made by his or her authorised agent, the name, address for correspondence and personal public service number (if any) of the agent.

The RTB cannot include information in its published register that would disclose the identity of the landlord or the tenant relating to a tenancy of a particular dwelling.

Further information can be obtained on the RTB’s website at www.rtb.ie.

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