The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) today released its top five tips for first-time and returning students. The tips will help remind students of their rental rights and responsibilities, whether it is their first rental of student accommodation or their last rental.
As September quickly approaches, the results of the certificate release are on their way, and students prepare to return to university, RTB has noticed that the most common issues students face during the rental are related to knowing the basics of renting, such as making sure they are aware of the terms and conditions they have entered into in their lease or license agreement, the amount of rent or a deposit to be paid, or that RTB is here to help.
If you are a student renting this year, it doesn’t matter if your interior design consists of empty pizza boxes and bean bags, what matters is that you use the RTB student rental checklist below. below:
Take a look around: While it can be tempting, you shouldn’t sign a rental agreement or pay a deposit for the first place you see – take the time to check out other properties and find a spot that best suits your needs. And always see a property in person before signing a rental agreement.
Discover the basics: When viewing accommodation available for rent, check that it meets basic minimum standards. Any rented accommodation must meet a number of basic requirements, for example, hot and cold water must be available to the tenant. Also, if you are sharing accommodation with friends or other students, make sure everyone is aware of the terms and conditions of the rental agreement you all signed.
Pay your deposit and get a receipt: Landlords often ask for a deposit at the start of the rental. A landlord cannot ask you to pay more than a month’s rent as a deposit. Ideally, you should only pay a deposit once you have visited the property and are satisfied with the terms of the rental agreement. Once you are happy with the property, be sure to request a receipt that clearly shows the amount and date of payment.
Know how much to pay: If your rental is located in a Rental Pressure Zone (RPZ), rents cannot be increased by more than general inflation. You can check if your rental is in an RPZ, check the previous rent charged and if you are being charged the correct amount of rent by visiting the RTB Rent Pressure Zone Calculator here. Additionally, in addition to being required to pay only one month’s rent as a deposit, students cannot be required to pay more than one month’s rent in advance, unless they wish to do so.
Contact RTB if you need help. If you have questions about your rental or your rental rights and responsibilities, RTB can help. Call us Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on 0818 303037/01 702 8100 or visit www.rtb.ie and speak to one of our customer service agents via WebChat.
“Getting away from home and settling in a new town or city for the first time can be intimidating. Entering university is a pivotal time for students and for their parents. If this is your first time going to college or in your final year looking to rent, the RTB Student Rental Checklist should be the first place to go to make sure you are starting out. your rental has the right foot, ”said Emer Morrissey, RTB’s interim dispute resolution officer.
“Our checklist is a quick and easy way for you to be as prepared as possible as the new school year approaches. From experience, RTB knows that students can feel overwhelmed when they find new accommodation and we are here to help.
Ms. Morrissey continues: “The RTB is available to help you make your student housing experience stress free. You can find out more about RTB.ie/rentingincollege. “
If you have any questions about your student accommodation and your rental rights and responsibilities, RTB can provide assistance services. Students with questions can use RTB’s web chat service Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by going to www.rtb.ie. RTB would always encourage all landlords and student tenants to keep the lines of communication open if there is a problem and to try to resolve those issues together. If this is not possible, students can use the RTB dispute resolution service for issues related to rent reviews, rent fixing, deposits, breaches of obligations, and maintenance issues.