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A basic guide to your legal rights as a tenant in private rented accommodation

 

What are my rights in private rented accommodation?

For more information, please visit the RTB's information page on your rights as a tenant.

 

What are my rights if I live in "digs"?

If you live in "digs" (i.e. the landlord lives in the accommodation with you) you do not have many of the rights enjoyed by those in private rented accommodation.

As a result, it is important that you agree the rules of your tenancy with the landlord in writing, and that you both sign this agreement. You can then refer to this if there are any disagreements. Please visit the Citizens Information website for more information.

 

What should I do if my landlord wants to increase my rent?

If you live in digs, your landlord can increase the rent without restriction and your only option is to negotiate with your landlord.

If you do not live in digs, the first thing you should do is find out if you are living in what is called a rent pressure zone. If you do live in a rent pressure zone, there are strict limits on how much the landlord can increase the rent by. If you do not live in a rent pressure zone, there are still some rules, but there are fewer limits on how much your rent can increase. To find out if you live in a rent pressure zone, click here.

 

I live in a rent pressure zone

However:

For more information, please visit the RTB's information page on Rent Pressure Zones.

 

I don't live in a rent pressure zone

However:

For more information, please visit the RTB's information page on Rent Certainty Measures.

 

Where can I go for advice?

Your student union accommodation officer

Threshold, a national charity that offers free advice to tenants

The Residential Tenancies Board, which is responsible for dealing with disputes between landlords and tenants.

 

Last updated: November 2017