Insulation for Rental Properties

Insulation Regulations July 2016 As you may be aware the government introduced new legislation on the 1st July 2016 making it a legal requirement for all tenancies that commence after the 1st July 2016 to have an insulation statement as part of the tenancy agreement advising the tenants if there is insulation in the property […]

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Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarm Regulations By 1st July 2016 all residential rental properties covered by the Residential Tenancies Act 2986 must meet the following regulatory requirements. There must be a minimum of one working smoke alarm within 3 meters of each bedroom door and in a self-contained caravan, sleep out or similar there must be a minimum […]

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Who pays water rates during a tenancy?

Who pays water rates during a tenancy Section 39 of The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 states that “The landlord is responsible for all outgoings in respect of the premises that are incurred whether or not the premises are occupied and are incurred for common facilities.   So who pays for what part of the water […]

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Who pays for pest control the tenant or owner?

Who pays for pest control the tenant or owner.   This is a question that comes up quite often.  A landlord needs to make sure the property is pest free at the beginning of any new tenancy and a tenant is required to keep the property in a good clean condition so as not to […]

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How much notice do I need to give to terminate a tenancy

The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 states that The minimum period of noticed required to be given by a landlord to terminate a tenancy shall be; 42 days notice where the owner of the premises requires the premises as the principal place of residence for the owner or any member of that owners family 42 days notice where the […]

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Reasonably Clean and Reasonably Tidy Condition

Reasonably Clean and Reasonably Tidy Condition – What does this mean? Under Section 40(1)(e)(iii) Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (RTA) the tenant is required to leave the premises in a reasonably clean and reasonably tidy condition and to arrange for the removal from the premises of all rubbish. During a tenancy the tenant is expected to […]

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What is a Fixed Term Tenancy

What is a fixed Term Tenancy?  A fixed term tenancy means a tenancy for a fixed length of time, during the tenancy neither the tenant nor the landlord can give notice to the other to terminate the tenancy. However there are exceptions; 1.If the Landlord and the Tenant mutually agree on a shorter period the […]

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New Quality Standards for Renting

New Quality Standards for Renting If the changes go ahead, all rental properties would have to meet new insulation standards and be fitted with smoke alarms. This would ensure that all tenants can live in safer, warmer and healthier homes. Insulation and smoke alarms Under proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, landlords would have to make […]

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Mould and Dampness

Check for signs of mould and dampness before moving in Before you move into the property, you and the landlord should inspect the property together and note any damage in a property inspection report (part of the tenancy agreement). Use the inspection to look for any signs of mould or damp, and raise any concerns you […]

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