Private rented housing
The Private Residential Tenancy Board, (PRTB), is an agency, established by Government, with statutory powers, to support the rental housing market and to resolve cheaply and speedily disputes without resort to the courts. It is a legal requirement that all private residential tenancies are registered with the PRTB, who are charged with maintaining a national register.
On the 1st of February, 2013, Articles 6, 7 and 8 of the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 came into effect for all residential rented accommodation.
This means that all rental accommodation must have its own separate sanitary facilities. In addition, updated requirements in relation to heating and facilities for cooking, food storage and laundry apply to rented accommodation.
A summary of these articles' requirements is set out below.
- Sanitary facilities - Article 6
All rental accommodation must have a separate room, contained within the rented dwelling, with a toilet, wash basin and a fixed bath or shower with hot and cold water facilities.
- Heating facilities - Article 7
All habitable rooms must contain a fixed appliance capable of providing effective heating and the tenant must be able to control the operation of such an appliance.
- Food preparation and storage and laundry – Article 8
Each rented dwelling must have adequate facilities for the hygienic storage, preparation and cooking of food and access to a washing machine and dryer.
Responsibility for enforcement of these standards rests with the local authorities. The penalties for non-compliance with the regulations is a fine of €5,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both, and the fine for each day of a continuing offense is €400.
The Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS)
The Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) is an initiative introduced to cater for the accommodation needs of persons who are in receipt of rent supplement, normally for more than 18 months, and who have a long-term housing need (excluding asylum seekers or other non-nationals who do not have leave to remain in the State permanently and persons in receipt of the back to education allowance).
Rent supplement allowances
If you are living in private rented accommodation in Ireland and receive a social welfare or Health Service Executive payment, you may qualify for rent supplement.