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Information on what you need to do if your landlord lives abroad

Rent Relief

Tax relief on rent is being phased out over an 8 year period from 2010. If you were not renting prior to December 2010 and now enter into a lease agreement, you will not qualify for tax relief of rent

If you live in private rented accommodation in Ireland and pay income tax, it may be possible to claim tax relief on part of the rent you pay. The relief is available at the standard rate of 20%.

In completing Form Rent 1 you will require details such as the landlord's name, address and PPS number. If you do not have these details you may still submit the form with as much detail as possible.

There are upper limits to the amount of relief that can be claimed depending on your personal circumstances.

Does your landlord live abroad?

If you live in private rented accommodation and pay your rent directly into your landlord's bank account and your landlord lives abroad, you are obliged under law to withhold 20% of the rent.You are then required to pay the withheld rent to Revenue Commissioners to settle the landlord's tax liability. You will need to make an annual return to the Revenue Commissioners.If however, your landlord is not resident in the state but you pay your rent to an agent, there is no requirement to make the deduction.

Rent A Room

Where a person rents out a room(s) in their principal place of residence, following Budget 2017,  they can receive up to €14,000 per annum tax free although this has to be declared through annual tax returns. See www.revenue.ie for more information. It is important to note that where you share with the owner  this is a licence arrangement and the normal landlord and tenant laws do not apply. 

What to do

  • Ensure you have a rent book or obtain receipts for all rent paid.

  • Complete form Rent 1 from the Revenue Commissioners to claim tax relief.

  • Where your landlord lives abroad complete Form 185, available from the Revenue Commissioners.

Further Information

To speak to an adviser phone:

Cork: 021 4278848
Dublin: 1890 334 334
Galway: 091 563080

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