MOVING IN: Starting a Tenancy.

Deposits

There are no legal limits for how much a landlord can request for a deposit, but the norm is the equivalent to one month of rent. You should not part form your deposit unless you are happy with the property and have made sure you are not being scammed!

More info from threshold available here: More information here.

Leases and Tenancy Agreements

Top two facts about leases:

  1. Even if you didn’t sign one, you are entitled to your full rights as a tenant under Irish law. Your lease also cannot infringe upon your rights under Irish law.
  2. If you live in Digs, you’re not entitled to most of the rights of a tenant, so it is extra important that you sign some kind of agreement with your landlord, just so ye both know where you stand!

That said, please check out threshold’s advice page on leases, Here.

Download our sample Tenancy Agreement here.

Download our sample Right to Reside here.

Doing an Inventory

Much like a lease, an inventory is something simple you can do at the start of a tenancy to make things (for example, getting your deposit back) much easier later on.

Housemate Agreements

We’ve all heard stories about housemates from hell. Most of us have experienced a housemate from hell. And maybe, if we’re really honest, one or two of us have probably been that hellish housemate?

Unlike with tenant-landlord disputes, there are no regulations under Irish law to resolve conflicts between housemates. So, the best way to resolve those issues is to set out an agreement amongst yourselves. A housemate agreement isn’t an airtight legal document, it won’t completely stop disagreements from happening. But it will really really help in three months’ time when one lad just has not been washing his dishes at all and you’ve completely run out of pots.

Things to include in your housemate agreement:

The key thing about a housemate agreement is that everyone has to agree. There’s no point one person laying down the law and the rest of ye ignoring them. Have a housemate meeting the first week you move in. Figure out what you want, get a cheeky takeaway, and talk it all through.

Threshold has a guide to house sharing which you can download here.

Maintenance and Repairs

There is a good rundown of who is responsible for what parts of property maintenance and repair here.

Threshold has further info on what to do if the landlord doesn’t hold up their end of the bargain here.

If you think your housing is substandard in a “this is the landlord’s fault” way, you can contact the relevant local authority to report breaches and arrange an inspection. Around UCD, your local authority is Dublin City Council Customer Services. Their contact info is:

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