Twelve new Rent Pressure Zones have been designated with effect from Friday 27 January 2017. Landlords in Rent Pressure Zones can review their rents once a year but rent increases are capped at 4% per year.
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 citizensinformation.ie with these recent changes.
Under the Cold Weather Strategy, dedicated extra beds are available for people who are sleeping rough and experiencing homelessness in the Dublin region during cold weather.
The Citizens Information Phone Service (0761 07 4000) experienced some technical issues yesterday, 12 January 2017. These issues have been resolved – our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Please note that the Citizens Information Phone Service (0761 07 4000) will operate from 9am to 6pm in January 2017 as a temporary arrangement.
The usual 9am to 8pm service will resume in February 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
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.