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Residential Tenancies provides a clear and comprehensive statement of the law regulating private and social leases of dwellings in Ireland and explains the dispute resolution mechanisms of the Residential Tenancies Board, appeals, and enforcement.One of the recited aims of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 was to provide an inexpensive and speedy means by which disputes between parties to a residential tenancy would be resolved, and the Private Residential Tenancies Board (now the Residential Tenancies Board) was established for that purpose. Despite this aim the provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act are technical, confusing, and give rise to what has been referred to repeatedly in the High Court as regrettable difficulties of interpretation. Residential Tenancies provides expert guidance and insight for practitioners and all those who have to navigate the provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act, 2004 (as amended). The text aims to 'see around corners' in the legislation, to answer particular difficulties that might prompt readers to turn to its pages.Recently a torrent of amendments have been made to the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, by the Residential Tenancies Act 2015 which continues to be commenced in a piecemeal fashion. The book takes account of these changes, and correctly locates other disparate pieces of legislation. Residential Tenancies considers the difficult issue of Rental Accommodation Scheme tenancies, which although envisioned by the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009, and entered into regularly by public authorities, are not yet on a firm statutory footing as the legislative provisions have not all been commenced.Residential Tenancies provides a comprehensive appendix, which includes a sample residential letting agreement, a range of sample notices of termination (to deal with all permitted reasons for termination), and a sample rent review notice.


The author was an undergraduate at Jesus College, Oxford (where she was a Scholar, won the first year law prize and the SR Welson prize for meritorious work in law), and then completed an LLM in law at Trinity College Dublin. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2006 (in respect of which she was awarded a Sankey fund bursary), and to the Bar of Ireland in 2007. She has since practiced at the Bar in Dublin, specialising in property law.Since April 2014 she has worked as an adjudicator for the Residential Tenancies Board. In this role she has dealt with a high volume of claims across a spectrum of issues that arise in the context of residential lettings. Being an adjudicator has given her valuable insight to use in writing the book.For the past couple of years she has taught an English Land Law course in UCD and has given CPD seminars to solicitors on behalf of Legal Training Services on a range of property law topics, commencing in 2010 with six-hour seminars on the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009, and most recently on residential tenancies.Since July 2013 she has prepared the case law updates for Irish Conveyancing Precedents. She has had articles published in the Conveyancing and Property Law Journal, Commercial Law Practitioner, Bar Review and Irish Business Law Quarterly.Consultant Editor: Prof JCW Wylie has been the leading author on Irish land and conveyancing law for forty years. He has acted as a consultant for many years to the Law Societies in both parts of Ireland and he led the Department of Justice and Law Reform Commission Joint Project on the reform of land and conveyancing law, which resulted in the enactment of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009. Prof Wylie has been an external examiner for Irish universities and the King's Inns for many years and a consultant to A&L Goodbody since 1993.