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By Caroline Browne, Partner

Landlords: do you know that there is a requirement to re-register a tenancy with the Private Residential Tenancy (PRTB) board after four years?

Part 4 of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 provides that where a tenancy has been in existence for 4 years, it must be re-registered with the PRTB. If you previously registered a tenancy with the PRTB, and 4 years have passed, you will now receive a reminder from the PRTB setting out that if the tenancy is still in existence that it is a legal requirement under section 135(1) (c) of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 that, to re-register the tenancy within one month. Failure to comply with a request to re-register is an offence under the Act and you can be prosecuted by the PRTB.

For tenancies commenced after the 1st January 2011, the fee payable is €90 per application. However where the tenancy is being registered late the fee payable is €180. The PRTB has no discretion when it comes to penalties/late fees and there is no exceptions provided for in the act.

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