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Most agreements between landlords and tenants to rent residential property are covered by the Residential Tenancies Act, including verbal agreements. The Act may not apply to some types of premises, for example, particular types of hostels and dormitories. Where the Act applies, tenants must not interfere with the peace, comfort and privacy of their neighbours. If the tenant breaches this obligation, the landlord can give them a 10 working days’ notice requiring the tenant to stop. If the tenant doesn’t stop disturbing their neighbours’ peace, comfort and privacy, the landlord may apply to the Tenancy Tribunal to have the tenancy terminated. If the tenancy is periodic, then the landlord may also give the tenant at least 90 days’ notice in writing to end the tenancy. I recommend you also contact the Department of Building and Housing on 0800 TENANCY (0800 836 262) for more information about the jurisdiction of the Residential Tenancies Act, and the 10 working days’ notice.
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