When to re-register
For tenancies that began before the 24th December 2016, after a 6 month probationary period the tenant secures the right to remain in the property for a further 3 ½ years. When a tenancy has been in existence for 4 years, it must be re-registered.
For tenancies that began after 24th December 2016, after a 6 month probationary period the tenant secures the right to remain for a further 5 ½ years. When a tenancy has been in existence for 6 years, it must be re-registered.
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Click here to download a Tenancy Registration form
Types of tenancies
A fixed term tenancy is a tenancy that lasts for a specific amount of time. A ‘Part 4’ tenancy runs alongside a fixed term tenancy, which means that the tenant shall, after a period of 6 months and as in the normal course, become entitled to the provisions of a ‘Part 4’ tenancy (i.e. they can stay in the property for 6 years). This simply means that irrespective of the length of fixed term lease, a tenant has an entitlement to remain in the dwelling for up to 6 years and the landlord can only terminate the tenancy on limited grounds.
Once the tenancy registration has been fully processed by the RTB and paid in full by the landlord, both landlord and tenant(s) will receive a letter, confirming the tenancy has been registered. Letters of confirmation are issued by e-mail or post, depending on the preferred method of communication chosen by the landlord. Typically letters to the tenants are issued by post, unless the RTB has received a request to do so by email. Tenancy confirmation letters are important documents and should be kept in a safe place as landlords and tenants, may need to refer to it during the tenancy or after the tenancy has ended.
Landlords may use the confirmation letter as a receipt for payment of the registration fee, where appropriate. Landlords may be requested to provide this confirmation letter to the Revenue Commissioners when seeking mortgage interest relief on residential properties. Tenants may require proof of their tenancy for a number of State Agencies – the confirmation letter may be required for this purpose also.
Amendments made to the Residential Tenancies Act, in 2019, mean that landlords will be required to register each tenancy annually based on the anniversary of the tenancy commencement date. This part of the legislation has not yet commenced, so tenancy registration continues as usual, when a new tenancy starts or a renewal of a tenancy takes place. If you are an existing landlord, the RTB will contact you prior to the introduction of Annual Registration, to make sure you are fully informed. For further information, see Annual Registration for further details.