In a development of interest to those owning and managing student accommodation, the Irish Government has recently announced its intention to introduce legislative changes aimed at “protecting” students from year-long leases.

Background to the announcement

The announcement was made by Simon Harris TD, then Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, and

The Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage has just published its report (the Report) on its pre-legislative scrutiny of the General Scheme of the Residential Tenancies (Right to Purchase) Bill 2023 (the General Scheme).

Background

On 7 March 2023, the Government agreed in principle to the introduction of a new legislative

The Department of Housing has this month launched a consultation process on the role of the Private Rental Sector (PRS) in Government’s housing policy and the wider economy. The Department’s press release and the consultation paper can be found here. Some of the key points noted in the consultation paper are as

In an earlier post we highlighted the introduction, in November 2022, of a temporary moratorium on the termination of residential tenancies during what was referred to as the “winter emergency period”. The legislation was intended to help reduce homelessness numbers over the course of the winter and was due to expire on 31 March 2023.

On 17 November 2022, the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) published its 2021 Annual Report and Accounts.

The report is available here and deals with issues such as:

  1. How the RTB communicates with customers
  2. How the RTB helps resolve rental disputes
  3. How the RTB regulates the rental sector
  4. How the RTB monitors trends
  5. How

A short post to confirm that the Residential Tenancies (Deferment of Termination Dates of Certain Tenancies) Act 2022 was signed into law on 29 October 2022. The “winter emergency period” referred to in the Act, during which there is to be a moratorium on the termination of residential tenancies, therefore runs from 30 October 2022

The Residential Tenancies (Deferment of Termination Dates of Certain Tenancies) Bill 2022​ has been published today. This is the draft legislation intended to give effect to the temporary moratorium on residential tenancy terminations during what is referred to as the “winter emergency period”. The Bill provides the following:

  • The winter emergency period is defined as

The Regulation of Providers of Building Works and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2022 introduces, with effect from 6 July 2022, important changes to the law regarding the termination of residential tenancies. These amendments involve:

  • the introduction of a new requirement for landlords to serve a copy of any​ notice of termination on the Residential Tenancies

The Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No.2) Bill was signed into law on 11 December 2021. Its main provisions are summarised in this post.

What is the Bill seeking to achieve?

This Bill has 3 primary purposes, as follows:

  1. An amendment to the current provisions around rent increases in RPZs, so that those increases will now be