Landlords and tenants – recent changes

If you are renting from a private landlord or a housing association, your tenancy is covered by the residential tenancies legislation and you can acquire security of tenure under Part 4 of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004.

Several new provisions came into effect on 17 January 2017. They include:

  • Extending the tenancy cycle for Part 4 tenancies from 4 years to 6 years
  • Requiring a landlord to give reason when terminating a Further Part 4 tenancy in the first 6 months

They also include restrictions on the sale of 10 or more rented units in a development (the “Tyrrelstown amendments”).

We are currently updating the Renting a home documents on with these recent changes.

Read more on the Residential Tenancies Board’s website.

Applications for new Help to Buy incentive can be made from today, 3 Jan 2017

A new Help to Buy (HTB) incentive was introduced under Budget 2017. It is designed to help first-time buyers of newly built homes to assemble the required deposit. It also applies to once-off self-build homes.

It provides for a refund of income tax and Deposit Interest Retention Tax (DIRT) paid over the previous 4 tax years.

It is possible to apply for the scheme from today, 3 January 2017.

Find out more about the Help to Buy incentive.