Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the RTB?


The Residential Tenancies board (RTB) was established as part of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 to resolve disputes between Landlords and Tenants and to operate a system of Tenancy Registration. Landlords and Tenants may refer disputes to the RTB for resolution.
The Board deals with:‚Äč

  • Alleged breaches of tenancy obligations (on the part of either the landlord or tenant)
  • Invalid reasons for terminating a tenancy
  • Determining proper notice periods
  • Tenants vacating without a valid notice
  • Claims for costs and damages (from either party)
  • Claims for rent arrears or other charges


What are the registration fees?


The following fees are applicable to the registration of private rented tenancies:


       If the tenancy commencement date is on or after the 1st January 2011

  • €90 per tenancy provided the completed application to register is received by the RTB within one month from the tenancy commencement date.
  • A late fee of €180 applies where an application to register a tenancy is received more than one month from the tenancy commencement date.
  • €375 (composite fee) for multiple tenancies in the one building being registered at the same time by the one landlord within one month of the commencement date of the first tenancy. If, in the 12 months following the payment of a composite fee, one of the tenancies included in the set of multiple tenancies ends and a new tenancy is created, the application to register that new tenancy does not have to be accompanied by a fee provided it is made within one month of the commencement of that tenancy.
  • No fee is payable where two payments in respect of the tenancy have been made to the Residential Tenancies Board in the previous 12 months.
  • No fee is payable for an update of details of a tenancy already registered. 
What are Rent Pressure Zones ?


Rent Predictability Measures were new provisions enacted under the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (the “2016 Act”) that are intended to moderate the rise in rents in the parts of the country where rents are highest and rising and where households have greatest difficulties in finding accommodation they can afford.  
In these areas, called Rent Pressure Zones (“RPZ”), rents will only be able to rise according to a prescribed formula by a maximum of 4% annually.  The existing requirement still applies that the rent set for a property must be in line with local market rents for similar properties and three examples of rents for comparable properties must be presented to demonstrate this.  

On Tuesday 19th September 2017 Minister Eoghan Murphy announced a further 2 Local Electoral Areas, Greystones and Drogheda, to be included in the Rent Pressure Zones beyond those already allocated in December and 2016 and January 2017 As a result the areas which are in a Rent Pressure Zone are as follows:
Ballincollig – Carrigaline, Co. Cork
Galway City Central
Galway City East
Galway City West
Celbridge – Leixlip, Co. Kildare
Naas, Co. Kildare
Kildare – Newbridge
Ashbourne, Co. Meath
Laytown – Bettystown, Co. Meath
Rathoath, Co. Meath
Bray, Co. Wicklow
Wicklow, Co. Wicklow
Dublin City Council
South Dublin County Council
Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown County Council
Fingal County Council
Cork City Council
Greystones, Wicklow County Council
Drogheda, Louth County Council

Exemptions to the Rent Pressure Zone rental cap


Exemptions to the Rent Pressure Zone rental cap

Not all rental properties in Rent Pressure Zones are subject to a rental restriction
Not all properties in Rent Pressure Zones are covered by the 4% annual rental cap. Properties exempt include those:

  • That are new to the rental market and have not been let at any time in the previous two years
  • That have undergone a substantial change..

A 'substantial change' must be a significant change or improvement  to the dwelling which results in increased market value of the tenancy and therefore adds to the letting value of the property. The substantial change must have resulted in the property increasing its letting value. For example, simple repainting or replacement of white goods would not be sufficient.


How is Rent now Calculated ?


How is the rent calculated?

The rent in an RPZ can be calculated using the RPZ Rent Calculator and is restricted to 4% per annum.
The RPZ "Rent Calculator" is a useful tool to calculate the maximum allowable rent in an RPZ area.  

If a landlord is setting the rent in a Rent Pressure Zone, the amount can not be a) greater than market rent, and b) greater than the amount determined by the formula below.


R x (1+ 0.04 x t/m) * You should do your calculations working from right to left


R = The amount of rent last set ( the current rent amount) 

T = The number of months between the date the current rent came into effect and the date the new rent amount will come into effect.

M = You must multiply by 12 or 24