Your Rights as a Tenant

As a tenant you have a number of rights which are set out in law. Your main rights as a tenant are covered mainly by the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and from the agreements you reach with your landlord.  (Note: no lease agreement can take away from the rights you have under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004)

Your main rights as a tenant as are follows:

  • The property must be in good condition and structurally sound, with hot/ cold water, heating and working appliances
  • You have a right to privacy. Landlords cannot enter without your permission unless it is an emergency
  • Tenants must have either a rent book or a written lease
  • Tenants must be able to contact their landlord or agent at any reasonable time
  • Tenants must be given proper notice before the tenancy can be terminated
  • Tenants can refer disputes to the PRTB (Private Residential Tenancies Board) regardless of whether the tenancy has been registered.