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
PRTB Dispute Resolution Service
PRTB Registration Form