RTB to fine landlords, then pay them back

Rental watchdog has acknowledged and apologised for issues with new €7 million tenant registration system

Pat Davitt, the chief executive of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers, said the rollout of the new online registration system had been ‘very poor’, but that the RTB’s decision to refund any late registration fines was very helpful. Picture: Fergal Phillips

The state rental watchdog is to fine and then refund landlords for the late registration of tenants due to the “difficulties” created by a new €7 million software system.

The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) introduced a new requirement for landlords to register details of their tenants every year, instead of once every three years, last April. But landlords have struggled to use the new online registration system, and have been facing the threat of a ...