I live in Dublin in a Rent Pressure Zone for 2 years and 1 month (there was never any lease agreement in place). A few months ago my landlord came to my apt and asked for 75% more in rent. I refused and said that I can only pay 4% allowed by law. He refused and told me to look for a new place. I didn't as I didn't do anything wrong. Even though there was no agreement, from a get go I started to pay 4% more in rent without waiting for an official rent increase letter or 90 days notice. A few months later he handed me a termination letter on the basis of a "substantial renovation" and told me to move out. I checked with Threshold and the letter turned out to be invalid, which I informed my landlord about. Two days after I informed him about this he handed me a brand new termination letter but this time signed by his newly appointed solicitor - now he is claiming that his daughter has to move in exactly to my apt. My landlord has 30 apartments in my building where at least 1 apt becomes available each month (people are moving in and out all the time). My landlord's son owns 35 more apartments nearby (400 metres away). Obviously, we know what this is about - I became a problem and he removes me. I am going to challenge this notice too and will opt for the PRTB adjudicator.
My questions are:
1. Even if the latest notice of termination (re: daughter wants to move in) looks valid, can i still challenge it with PRTB based on the 6 months "history" of his conduct? I do have evidence of all our conversations and previous invalid notices. Everything that proves that he tried to get rid of me.
2. Knowing that he and his son owns in total 65 almost identical apartments, can his daughter simply choose any other free place?
3. While he owns so many other apartments, should he offer me a substitute apartment of those tenants that move out at the time when I become "homeless"?
4. My neighbour confided in me that he will be moving out exactly the month that I am required to leave my own apt. Can I simply move in to my neighbour's place? Can I suggest this to my landlord? If I do, he will say that "he already promised this place to someone else". Can he do that? Or in such circumstances I should have a priority?
Please let me know your thoughts.