Signed into law on May 31, the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019 introduces a raft of new changes. Some of these became effective on 4 June 2019, with others coming into effect on a staggered basis over the coming months.
The text of this new piece of legislation has recently become available on the Irish Statute Book website. A summary of the key changes that became effective on June 4 reads as follows:
- Section 6 amends s 19 of the Acts in relation to rent setting and exemptions in rent pressure zones (RPZs);
- Section 7 amends s 20 of the Acts with the effect that after 31 December 2021, rent reviews outside of RPZs can occur on an annual basis;
- Section 8 amends s 24A of the Acts which relates to RPZs;
- Section 9 amends s 24B, extending the designation of Cork City, Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin as RPZs until 31 December 2021;
- Sections 12, 13 and 14 amend sections 34, 35 and 56 respectively in relation to tenancy termination procures and damages for abuse of same;
- Section 16 amends s 66 of the Acts by extending tenancy termination notices and providing for related matters;
- Section 21 amends s 123 of the Acts to make it mandatory for the RTB to publish determination orders and notices of cancellation thereof;
- Paragraph (a) of s 24 amends s 136 to require that the landlord's ordinary address as well of that of his agent be included on the RTB's register.
Interestingly, s 1(2) holds that the Residential Tenancies Acts from 2004, 2016 and now, 2019 may be cited together as one and shall simply be referred to as the Residential Tenancies Acts, in a manner similar to the way the Planning and Development Acts are commonly referred to.
While this is certainly a welcome legislative intervention which is designed to ease pressure on the Irish rental market, it is disappointing to see that it presents as a complex and somewhat difficult to follow collection of repeals, substitutions and amending segments - as opposed to consolidated, cohesive statute. In any event, this is offset by the useful 'revised acts' section of the LRC's website, which has been updated to take stock of the new changes up to June 4.
For further reading on this, please see Residential Tenancies by Laura Farrell, which is available at no extra cost to subscribers of Irish Property Law. Non-subscribers may purchase a hard copy version here, or alternatively call our sales team on 01 637 3920.