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Landlord sent two rent review notices in a month

  • 25-03-2022 1:37pm
    Registered Users Posts: 212 ✭✭ TheGlossy

    Hi all,

    I moved into my current apartment in February 2021. A year sharp after I signed my lease, the landlord / managing agent sent me a notice of rent increase with effect from June 1st 2022. This notice was provided to me mid-February 2022.

    Today, I received a second notice of rent review dated March 2022 with a different rate (higher) and effective date July 1st 2022.

    I rang them to tell them they had already sent me a rent review notice in February and they acted like they didn't know (they signed on behalf of the LL, right).

    I live in an RPZ. The first increase notification was 2%, the second one 2.2%.

    This is a bit confusing, so I'm not sure if I should just ask which one is the valid one or what.

    Post edited by TheGlossy on


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,754 ✭✭✭ Claw Hammer

    What is your problem? A clerical error occurred. Life is too short.

  • Registered Users Posts: 212 ✭✭ TheGlossy

    They did not acknowledge it was an error nor did they refer to the first one.

    They just sent another notice with a different signature date and calculation as if the first one never existed.

    Of course, it is an issue because I do not know which one is the valid one, especially as the second one obviously indicates a higher amount.

    I've a hard time believing this is an error as I'm pretty sure they have a pretty good tracking of their rent increases.

    Life is too short on certain matters, but not for this type of stuff, sorry.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,508 ✭✭✭✭ Mrs OBumble

    Likely computer generated,no one actually signs letter like that.

    I'd send a letter acknowledging the first one, and pay based it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,528 ✭✭✭ MacDanger

    Is it not somewhat irrelevant from a mathematical point of view? Let's say the current rent is 1000:

    1st Notice: June 2022 - May 2023, total rent = 12240

    2nd Notice: June 2022 - May 2023, total rent = 12242

    So a fairly marginal different in total but if you've rounded a little on those percentages, I'd expect the overall rent in the year for the 2nd notice to be slightly less.

    As an aside, check that it's a valid notice that includes three similar properties for the same or higher rent.

  • Registered Users Posts: 212 ✭✭ TheGlossy

    A couple of points:

    1. I understand the cap for rent increase in RPZ is 2%, so why are they increasing by 2.2%? Yes, it is minimal, but I still wonder. Or maybe am I misunderstanding something?
    2. It was not an automated mail. On both occasions, the notice was sent through the post including: a) with the landlord's wet-ink signature b) the rent increase simulation performed on the RTB simulator c) information on 3 comparable dwellings.
    Therefore, it was not a "clerical error" or an automated process. It was very much a manual one. I simply don't understand why they performed two reviews in less than a month. I think they didn't like the numbers in the first one.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,097 ✭✭✭✭ Varik

    If the first one was right on the 12 months then the second would be 13 months, and the 2% is per year max dependant on inflation.

    With inflation so high just taking it as the 2% so it'd be 2 vs 2.166.....%