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:
- The requirement for landlords to register each tenancy with the PRTB (cost €70)
- 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.
- Tenants are entitled to specified periods of notice depending on how long they have lived in the property