Do you believe that you are paying too much rent? Find out below what you can do about this.
Check your rent
Complete the Rent Tribunal's rent check. There are separate rent checks for shared and for self-contained accommodation. These will immediately show you whether the rent in your tenancy contract (also known as the starting rent) is reasonable. If your rent is higher than the result of the rent check, you may want to discuss it with your landlord.
Discussing matters with your landlord
It's always a good idea to discuss having your rent lowered to the amount indicated by the rent check with your landlord first.
- You can do this by phone, in person or by email. Make sure to back up your case with solid arguments and refer to the rent check. Also be sure to study the tips given on this website.
- When making a proposal to your landlord about having your rent adjusted, always bear in mind the applicable tenancy period. If you are still in the first six months of your tenancy contract, indicate that you would like the rent adjustment to apply with retroactive effect from the start date of your contract. If you have been renting your room, flat or house for longer than six months, the provisions in your tenancy contract will determine your options. You can read more about this on the Rent Tribunal website.
- To support your proposal, you can supply your landlord with a printout of the rent check. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself, so you know and can prove what you supplied the landlord with.
- Discussing matters with your landlord will take time. If you want to involve the Rent Tribunal at some later stage, you will have to submit your application in time.
If your landlord agrees to the new rent
If your landlord agrees to the new rent, you must pay the lower rent from the agreed date or proposed date onwards.
- If you are still in the first six months of your tenancy contract, you can ask your landlord to reimburse the excess rent paid with retroactive effect from the start date of your contract.
- If your tenancy contract started over six months ago, the provisions in your tenancy contract will determine whether you can ask the landlord to reimburse any excess rent paid.
- Always ask your landlord for confirmation in writing. A verbal agreement cannot be proven after the fact.
If your landlord does not agree to the lower rent
If your landlord decides not to agree to your proposal for a new rent as indicated by the rent check, or if you do not receive any response from your landlord, you may choose to involve the Rent Tribunal. Take careful note of the deadlines that the Rent Tribunal applies. The cost of Rent Tribunal proceedings is €25. If the Rent Tribunal finds in your favour, this fee will be reimbursed. It is considered good manners to inform your landlord that you will be involving the Rent Tribunal; however, this is not required.