Landlords fined for not registering

Landlords fined for not registering
Two Donegal landlords have been ordered to pay out €10,000 in fines and costs for not registering with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB).

Two Donegal landlords have been ordered to pay out €10,000 in fines and costs for not registering with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB).

In the first case, proceedings were taken by the PRTB against Laurence McGettigan of The Avenue, Kilmacrennan, Letterkenny for failing to register a tenancy relating to a property at Glenpark, Letterkenny.

Mr. McGettigan was convicted in his absence of an offence contrary to Section 144(3) of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and fined €3,000. He was also ordered to pay €3,075 in legal costs. The tenancy remained unregistered at the time of the court hearing.

In the second case, Michael Gorman of Keenaghan, Kilmacrennan, was convicted of a similar offence in respect of a tenancy relating to a property at Hawthorn Heights, Letterkenny, Donegal. The tenancy was referred to the PRTB by the Department of Social Protection as a tenancy in respect of which rent supplement had been paid by the State, and that on a review of the PRTB’s records it appeared not to be registered. Mr. Gorman was also sent a number of notices. He subsequently registered the tenancy. Mr. Gorman did not attend court and was convicted in his absence. He was fined €2,000 and ordered to pay €3,075 in legal costs.