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Possible breaches of the RTA

Property owners who had been using the likes of Airbnb saw their occupancy plummet and more or less stop overnight when Covid 19 hit. A large majority of these owners have now turned to more traditional, longer term tenancies, in order to keep some income coming in. The problem is a lot of them are not doing it properly and leaving themselves very exposed to claims from their guest. Or should that be tenants? We are seeing problems with ‘ad hoc’ tenancy agreements, drawn up in a hurry in order to secure a tenant. Not only do some tenancy agreements not contain the required information, but the landlords preparing them are not familiar with the workings of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and in a lot of cases are not familiar with the requirements of the Act. Generally speaking, ‘guests’ paying for accommodation of 28 days or more (that is not holiday accommodation) fall under the Residential Tenancies Act and as such the Landlord and tenant are bound by the requirements of the Act. So, if you or someone you know might be in this position then please get in touch with us at Propertyscouts and at least we’ll be able to advise you on the appropriate action to take.

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