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Analysis of Residential Tenancies Bill (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2018

Analysis of Residential Tenancies Bill (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2018

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Summary

Threshold welcomes the publication of the Bill, which promises to strengthen Rent Pressure Zone enforcement, enhance notice periods for tenants, and empower the Residential Tenancies Board to investigate some breaches of the act.

The bill falls short in some regards, most significantly in the absence of provision for dwelling specific rent transparency, and there is a missed opportunity to make small but significant legislative changes which would bring certainty to both landlords and tenants. In Threshold’s opinion an open and transparent rent register would enable proper enforcement of the RPZ legislation and is consistent with other registers such as the residential property register and the commercial leases register.