Originally Posted by Kayad
Just recently moved into rented accommodation. I signed the lease and few days later landlord came back asking for me to pay the 90 registration fee for the RTB. When I said that I thought it was the landlords responsibility they simple simply said if I don't pay it my lease will be terminated and I'm should move out. To keep the peace and a roof over my head I agreed to pay half it, but kind of feel like I've just been blackmailed.
Just trying to figure out if I'm in the wrong or not, my understanding is that it is the landlords responsibility to pay the fee?
Also on moving in I paid the normal deposit, an ESB deposit and a Cleaning deposit aswell as the half the RTB fee is this normal?
Before the usual antil-LL crew comes out: it really depends what was agreed in the tenancy agreement. Section 16(a)(ii) of the RTA leaves some margin:
"16.—In addition to the obligations arising by or under any other enactment, a tenant of a dwelling shall—
(a) pay to the landlord or his or her authorised agent (or any other person where required to do so by any enactment)—
(i) the rent provided for under the tenancy concerned on the date it falls due for payment, and
(ii) where the lease or tenancy agreement provides that any charges or taxes are payable by the tenant, pay those charges or taxes in accordance with the lease or tenancy agreement (unless provision to that effect in the lease or tenancy agreement is unlawful or contravenes any other enactment),"