Know Your Rights
It is important for all students looking for accommodation to be aware of their rights as tenants. Below you will find some key facts you should be aware of when renting for the first time.
- You are entitled to quiet and exclusive enjoyment of your home. If noise from other tenants or neighbours is disturbing you, ask them to stop and also inform your landlord. If this does not work, you can make a formal complaint.
- You are entitled to certain minimum standards of accommodation
- You are entitled to a rent book
- You have the right to contact the landlord or their agent at any reasonable times. You are also entitled to have appropriate contact information (telephone numbers, email addresses, postal addresses, etc.)
- Your landlord is only allowed to enter your home with your permission. If the landlord needs to carry out repairs or inspect the premises, it should be by prior arrangement, except in an emergency
- You are entitled to reimbursement for any repairs that you carry out that are the landlord's responsibility
- You are entitled to have visitors to stay overnight or for short periods, unless specifically forbidden in your tenancy agreement. You must tell your landlord if you have an extra person moving in
- You are entitled to a certain amount of notice of the termination of your tenancy
- You are entitled to refer any disputes to the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) without being penalised for doing so
- You have the right to a copy of any register entry held by the RTBdealing with your tenancy
- All homes for rent must have a Building Energy Rating (BER),stating how energy-efficient the home is. This will help you to make an informed choice when comparing properties to rent.
You can get further information on your tenant rights using the following resources.