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Landlord's Obligations

A landlord must:

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  • Give the tenant receipts for rent if the tenant pays in cash.
  • If asked, give the tenant a statement saying what period the rent paid relates to.
  • Give the tenant 60 days written notice of a rent increase.
  • Give the tenant 48 hours notice of an inspection.
  • Give the tenant 24 hours notice of entry to make repairs.
  • Inform the tenant of any intention to sell the property.
  • Make sure the locks and fastenings are working and are adequate.
  • Make any necessary repairs within a reasonable time period.
  • Reimburse the tenant for any urgent repair work that the tenant had to have done (as long as the tenant attempted to notify the landlord before having the work done).
  • Make sure the property is clean and in a fit and habitable condition at the beginning of and during the tenancy.
  • Pay all outgoings; rates, insurance, land tax etc.
  • Take reasonable steps to ensure that tenants aren't disturbed by the landlords other tenants.

A landlord must not:

  • Ask for more than two weeks rent in advance at the start of the tenancy.
  • At any stage during the tenancy, ask for more rent in advance to be paid.
  • Inspect the property more than once in four weeks, except as allowed for to check on work done by the tenant.
  • Harass the tenant.
  • Interfere with, or allow others to interfere with a tenant's reasonable peace, privacy and comfort.
  • Interfere with the gas, water, electricity supply or telephone.
  • Unreasonably withhold permission (particularly if in breach of the Human Rights Act) for a tenant to sublet or assign the tenancy to someone else if not prohibited by the Tenancy Agreement.
  • Change the locks without the tenant's consent.
  • Enter the property except as permitted by law or with the tenant's consent.

You can find a lot of information for landlords on the Department of Building and Housing's website

If you need further assistance while looking to rent or renting your property, please contact us.