As a tenant in Ireland today, you enjoy a comprehensive series of rights that previous generations have not. The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) website has all the up-to-date information in relation landlord-tenancy rights and responsibilities.

In the meantime, DNG Creedon Finn O’Connor has drawn up a short list of some of the more common questions that our tenants have asked us when looking to secure a rental property.

In all cases, landlords are seeking security. They want to have a secure tenant who will pay their rent on time and not cause any damage. As a prospective tenant, the more evidence you can provide do to convince a prospective landlord, the better your chances will be of getting your foot in the door. If you have references from any sources such as employers, lending institutions or previous landlords, all will be helpful in building your case and putting yourself higher up the line in securing the tenancy you want.
Yes, all houses for rent must have a BER stating how energy-efficient the property is. This will allow you to make an informed decision when choosing a home to rent.
Most landlords look for one month’s rent of a deposit and one month’s rent in advance. It is the common practice nowadays to pay rent one month in advance.

Yes. All landlords will provide a rent book, which ensures that there will be no confusion about rent paid or amounts owing, making it clear for both landlord and tenant.

Once a tenancy is in place, a landlord may only enter the property with the permission of the tenant. If repairs or works need to be carried out at the property, it must be done by prior arrangement between landlord and tenant, except in the event of an emergency.

No. There is no such automatic right. Any question of keeping pets on a rented property are at the discretion of the landlord.