A landlord must:
- 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
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