Residential Tenancies Act 2020


Number 17 of 2020


RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT 2020

REVISED

Updated to 30 March 2021


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Residential Tenancies Act 2020. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including the Residential Tenancies Act 2021 (5/2021), enacted 30 March 2021, and all statutory instruments up to and including the Medicinal Products (Prescription and Control of Supply) (Amendment) (No. 6) Regulations 2021 (S.I. No. 155 of 2021), made 31 March 2021, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

Disclaimer: While every care has been taken in the preparation of this Revised Act, the Law Reform Commission can assume no responsibility for and give no guarantees, undertakings or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or up to date nature of the information provided and does not accept any liability whatsoever arising from any errors or omissions. Please notify any errors, omissions and comments by email to

revisedacts@lawreform.ie.


Number 17 of 2020


RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT 2020

REVISED

Updated to 30 March 2021


Introduction

This Revised Act presents the text of the Act as it has been amended since enactment, and preserves the format in which it was passed.

Related legislation

Residential Tenancies Acts 2004 to 2021: this Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation, to be construed together as one (Residential Tenancies Act 2021 (5/2021), s. 3(2)). The Acts in this group are:

Residential Tenancies Act 2004 (27/2004)

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2009 (2/2009)

Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (22/2009), s. 100

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2015 (42/2015), other than s. 1(3) and ss. 15, 85 and 87

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (17/2016), s. 1(2)(b), part 3 and sch.

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019 (14/2019), other than s. 38

Local Government Rates and Other Matters Act 2019 (24/2019), ss. 25 and 26

Residential Tenancies and Valuation Act 2020 (7/2020), other than s. 14

Residential Tenancies Act 2020 (17/2020)

Planning and Development, and Residential Tenancies, Act 2020 (27/2020), part 3

Residential Tenancies Act 2021 (5/2021)

Annotations

This Revised Act is annotated and includes textual and non-textual amendments, statutory instruments made pursuant to the Act and previous affecting provisions.

An explanation of how to read annotations is available at

www.lawreform.ie/annotations.

Material not updated in this revision

Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked. This information is not represented in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the amended legislation if one is available.

Where legislation or a fragment of legislation is referred to in annotations, changes to this legislation or fragment may not be reflected in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the legislation referred to if one is available.

A list of legislative changes to any Act, and to statutory instruments from 1972, may be found linked from the page of the Act or statutory instrument at

www.irishstatutebook.ie.

Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

Residential Tenancies Act 2021 (5/2021)

All Acts up to and including the Residential Tenancies Act 2021 (5/2021), enacted 30 March 2021, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision

None

All statutory instruments up to and including the Medicinal Products (Prescription and Control of Supply) (Amendment) (No. 6) Regulations 2021 (S.I. No. 155 of 2021), made 31 March 2021, were considered in the preparation of this revision.


Number 17 of 2020


RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT 2020

REVISED

Updated to 30 March 2021



Acts Referred to

Health Act 1947 (No. 28)

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019 (No. 14)

Residential Tenancies Act 2004 (No. 27)

Residential Tenancies Acts 2004 to 2019

Residential Tenancies and Valuation Act 2020 (No. 7)


Number 17 of 2020


RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT 2020

REVISED

Updated to 30 March 2021


An Act, to make exceptional provision, in the public interest and having regard to the manifest and grave risk to human life and public health posed by the spread of the disease known as Covid-19; in order to mitigate, where practicable, the effect of the spread of that disease and to limit the adverse consequences resulting, or likely to result from the spread of that disease; and having regard to the burden caused by that risk to the normal functioning of society; and recognising the likelihood that necessary restrictions imposed in order to reduce that spread and its effect on society will impede the ability of tenants to find alternative accommodation and the consequent impact on the well-being of persons and families and on the availability of vital public service functions in relation to housing; to make provision in relation to the operation of certain provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 during a period of restrictions imposed upon travel to, from or within certain geographical locations pursuant to regulations under section 31A of the Health Act 1947; and to provide for related matters.

[24th October, 2020]

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows:

1.

Interpretation

1. (1) In this Act—

“Act of 2004” means the Residential Tenancies Act 2004;

“affected areas order” means an order made by the Minister for Health under section 31B of the Health Act 1947;

“emergency period” shall be construed in accordance with section 2.

(2) In this Act—

(a) references to landlord shall be construed as including references to licensor within the meaning of section 37 of the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019,

(b) references to tenant shall be construed as including references to licensee within such meaning, and

(c) references to tenancy shall be construed as including references to licence within such meaning.

(3) A word or expression that is used in this Act and in the Act of 2004 shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the same meaning in this Act that it has in the Act of 2004.

2.

Emergency period

2. (1) An emergency period, in relation to the tenancy of a dwelling, shall be a period in respect of which the Minister for Health makes relevant regulations which impose restrictions on travel outside a 5 kilometre radius of a person’s place of residence, being the dwelling concerned, during a period specified in the relevant regulations.

(2) An emergency period shall include an emergency period in respect of which the Minister for Health made relevant regulations before the coming into operation of the Act and which emergency period has not expired on that coming into operation.

(3) In this section, “relevant regulations” means regulations made under section 31A of the Health Act 1947 which operate, subject to conditions contained in the regulations, to impose restrictions on travel in an area or region to which an affected areas order applies.

3.

Notices of termination under Act of 2004

3. (1) Where a notice of termination served before or during an emergency period specifies a termination date that falls during or after the emergency period, the termination date shall be deemed to be the revised termination date.

(2) Subsection (1) shall not apply to a notice of termination served by a landlord that cites as a reason for the termination concerned failure by the tenant to comply with one or more than one of his or her obligations under paragraph F1[(a),] (h), (i) or (m) of section 16 or behaviour of the tenant that falls within subparagraph (2)(a)(ii) of section 67 of the Act of 2004.

(3) A person shall not, by virtue of the operation of this section, acquire any rights under Part 4 of the Act of 2004.

(4) In this section, “revised termination date” means the date that falls 10 days after the date referred to in paragraph (a) or (b):

(a) in the case of a notice of termination served before the emergency period where the period of the notice has not ended before the commencement of the emergency period, that date immediately following the expiration of a period that consists of the aggregate of—

(i) the period of the notice given in the notice of termination that remains unexpired on the commencement of the emergency period, and

(ii) the emergency period;

(b) in the case of a notice of termination served during the emergency period, the date immediately following the expiration of a period that consists of the aggregate of—

(i) the period of notice given in the notice of termination, and

(ii) the unexpired period of the emergency period remaining on the date that the notice was served.

(5) Any second or subsequent emergency period affecting a notice of termination served in respect of the tenancy of a dwelling shall be included as appropriate in calculating the revised termination date under subsection (4).

(6) F2[]

Annotations:

Amendments:

F1

Inserted (30.03.2021) by Residential Tenancies Act 2021, s. 2(a)(i), commenced on enactment.

F2

Deleted (30.03.2021) by Residential Tenancies Act 2021, s. 2(a)(ii), commenced on enactment.

4.

Entitlement to remain in occupation of dwelling during emergency period

4. (1) A tenant—

(a) upon whom a notice of termination was served in accordance with the Act of 2004 before the commencement of the emergency period, and

(b) who has remained in occupation of the dwelling to which the notice relates from the expiration of the required period of notice (whether or not with the consent of the landlord concerned) until the date of the commencement of the emergency period,

shall be entitled to remain in occupation of the dwelling until the date that is 10 days after the expiration of the emergency period subject to terms and conditions that shall be the same as the terms and conditions that applied in respect of the tenancy of the dwelling concerned immediately before the service of that notice.

(2) A person shall not, by virtue of the operation of this section, acquire any rights under Part 4 of the Act of 2004.

F3[(3) In this section notice of termination does not include a notice of termination that cites as a reason for the termination concerned the failure by the tenant to comply with paragraph (a) of section 16 of the Act of 2004.]

Annotations:

Amendments:

F3

Inserted (30.03.2021) by Residential Tenancies Act 2021, s. 2(b), commenced on enactment.

5.

Short title and collective citation

5. (1) This Act may be cited as the Residential Tenancies Act 2020.

(2) The Residential Tenancies Acts 2004 to 2019, the Residential Tenancies and Valuation Act 2020 (other than section 14 of that Act) and this Act may be cited together as the Residential Tenancies Acts 2004 to 2020.