Dáil Éireann - Volume 597 - 09 February, 2005
Written Answers - Private Rented Accommodation.
Mr. Durkan Mr. Durkan
73. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the action which has been taken to identify and prosecute, if necessary, those landlords who have not registered with the PRTB; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4061/05]
Mr. Crowe Mr. Crowe
85. Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the estimated number of landlords who have failed to register with the Private Residential Tenancies Board to date; his views on whether the failure of landlords to register has the potential to undermine the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and the work of the Private Residential Tenancies Board. [3810/05]
Mr. Eamon Ryan Mr. Eamon Ryan
132. Mr. Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his views on the amount of tenancies that have been registered with the Private Residential Tenancies Board; the plans which are being put in place to increase registration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3934/05]
Mr. Sherlock Mr. Sherlock
145. Mr. Sherlock asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government when it is intended to bring the remainder of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 into operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3912/05]
Mr. S. Ryan Mr. S. Ryan
167. Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of complaints that have been filed to the recently established Private Residential Tenancies Board against landlords concerning anti-social behaviour by their tenants; if this new system is providing speedier resolution of such disputes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3911/05]
Mr. O’Dowd Mr. O’Dowd
275. Mr. O’Dowd asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the progress to date of the Private Residential Tenancies Board; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4060/05]
Mr. N. Ahern Mr. N. Ahern
 Mr. N. Ahern: I propose to take Questions Nos. 73, 85, 132, 145, 167 and 275 together.
All of the provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, which provides the legislative underpinning to a modernised private rental sector, are in operation. Key features of the legislation are provision for a new centralised system of tenancy registration and a statutory dispute resolution service. The Act also provided for the establishment of the Private Residential Tenancies Board as an independent body with a range of specific statutory functions, including responsibility for the administration of tenancy registration and dispute resolution.
The board also has a statutory role of providing information about its tenancy registration and dispute resolution functions and about the operation of the private rented sector generally. Requests for information relating to these matters may appropriately be directed to the Private Residential Tenancies Board at Canal House, Canal Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.
I understand that the board is currently processing a large volume of applications for registration from which the statutory tenancy register will be compiled and that until this work is completed it will not be possible for the board to provide comprehensive data. When the statutory tenancy register is completed this will enable the board to provide a range of enhanced information relating to the private rented sector.
The board will be required to report on and account for progress in the performance of its functions. It also has a specific function to review the operation of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004. It is the responsibility of the board to maximise the effectiveness of the dispute resolution and registration systems and to take enforcement action, including prosecution where appropriate, if it considers that a particular tenancy is required to be registered and has not been the subject of an application for registration. Landlords who fail to apply to the board to register tenancies that are liable for registration do not have access to the board’s dispute resolution service and are liable to prosecution. Tenants, however, have access to the dispute resolution service irrespective of whether the landlord fails to apply for registration.
Dáil Éireann 597 Written Answers Private Rented Accommodation.