What is the PRTB?

What is the PRTB?

The Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) 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 PRTB for resolution.

The board deals with:

  • The refund and retention of deposits
  • Alleged breaches of tenancy obligations (on the part of either the landlord or tenant)
  • Failure to terminate a tenancy correctly
  • 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

The greatest impact of the establishment of the PRTB is:

  1. The requirement for landlords to register each tenancy with the PRTB (cost €70)
  2. Security of tenure for tenants. After an initial 6 month period a tenant may remain in the property for up to three and a half years – this has become known as a part 4 tenancy.
  3. Tenants are entitled to specified periods of notice depending on how long they have lived in the property

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