We offer a wide range of services to private landlords seeking advice and representation to resolve any issues with, or taking action against, their tenants.
We understand that there are a variety of reasons that landlords may seek to bring an arrangement with their tenant to an end. However, if ending this agreement is not done properly and legally, it can become time-consuming, costly and a landlord may even find themselves having to defend legal proceedings.
The relationship of landlord and tenant has become ever more complicated with more and more legislation and regulation governing the relationship. It is therefore wise that if you are contemplating leasing a property or purchasing a property with the intention of letting it or indeed purchasing a property with a sitting tenant that you contact us and get expert advice before entering into a lease/purchasing the property as this contract will govern the rules of your relationship with your tenant or landlord.
Disputes with the Residential Tenancies Board
Disputes can arise with tenants for a number of reasons and its important that a landlord is aware of the legal steps involved in bringing a claim to the Residential Tenancy Board ("RTB"). We act for clients in bringing, defending and appealing claims in the RTB. The following are examples of disputes that the RTB will deal with but other disputes may also be dealt with by them:
- Refund or retention of deposits
- Breaches of tenancy obligations
- The charging of rents above market rent
- Timing of rent reviews
- Failure to follow the correct procedure to terminate a tenancy
- Invalid reason for terminating a tenancy
- Termination notices
- Tenants and sub-tenants remaining in occupation despite receiving a valid termination notice
- Claims for costs and damages from either the landlord or the tenant arising from failures by either party to comply with their obligations
- Claims for rent arrears
Registering a Tenancy
We can assist you with your application to register a tenancy with the RTB. We provide advices on the timeline within which to register the tenancy, the fees payable, when its necessary to update the RTB, what to do if the property is no longer let and the consequences of failing to register the tenancy.
Terminating a Residential Tenancy
We can advise you on your options and what steps to take if you are in dispute with your tenant. What steps need to be taken to end the relationship and procedure for the service of a Notice of Termination for residential properties and the notice periods required.
What should I do if I am considering evicting a tenant?
If you are considering evicting a tenant, the first step will be to serve a forfeiture notice/notice to quit on them. It is very important that you ensure you have complied with various technical requirements before serving notice as a failure to do so may lead to the termination notice being invalid.
Those requirements differ depending on whether or not your tenant is within the fixed term of their tenancy, when the tenancy commenced and whether you are alleging any fault against the tenant, for example rent arrears. If you fail to do so, then this may be fatal to any subsequent Court proceedings.
We can review your case and any documents before serving a notice. We’ll advise you on the best and most cost-effective manner to proceed. We can prepare the appropriate notice to serve on your tenant. If they do not vacate your property when required, we can issue Court proceedings against them. We can assist at all steps throughout the Court process, including representation at Court Hearings.
We offer competitive fixed fees so please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your commercial property law issues.
Landlord Legal Services
Aside from dealing with disputes, we also offer a wide range of landlord legal services which include:
- Advice on leases and licences
- Lease renewal and surrenders
- Service of notices
- Dilapidations and disrepair claims
- Trespass and nuisance
- Recovery of rent and service charge arrears
Why Choose Roe Solicitors
We have a wealth of practical knowledge and experience in relation to commercial and residential property law in Ireland. We provide a bespoke high quality professional service and we take the time to listen to our clients. We are upfront on costs and expenses and we will, at all times, be open and honest in progressing your matter.
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