New laws governing private tenancies in Northern Ireland will come into effect from 1 April 2023.

Sections 1 to 6 of the Private Tenancies Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 will come into law from 1 April 2023, requiring private landlords to take certain actions.

From 1 April 2023;

  • Landlords must provide tenants with a notice containing tenancy information. This includes for current tenants who have not already received this type of tenancy information;
  • Landlords must also provide tenants with a notice of variation when any changes are made to their tenancies;
  • Landlords must provide receipts for any cash payment in relation to a tenancy;
  • Landlords are only permitted to take or hold on to a tenancy deposit of no more than one month’s rent;
  • There will be increased time periods for protecting and providing information on tenancy deposits; and
  • Failure to protect a tenancy deposit will become a continuing offence, as the previous six month time barrier to prosecution of tenancy deposit offence has been removed.

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