Tenant’s Rights & Obligations

Tenant’s Rights & Obligations

Know your Tenant’s Rights & Obligations

Deciding to move away from home to gain more independence or maybe you are going to college/ doing a PLC / apprenticeship then this might be the first time you have lived away from home.  If you encounter problems regarding your accommodation you can contact the following:

  1. The PRTB Private Residential Tenancies Board – a system to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. Check their website for more information HERE.
  2. Threshold is a registered charity whose aim is to secure a right to housing especially those facing poverty or exclusion. They also provide information about what you should know before signing a lease.
  • Threshold recommend before you move in do an inventory in writing of all the furniture and anything else in the house and get the landlord to sign this.
  • Take photographs of any wear or tear
  • Check that all appliances are in working order.

Students/ Tenants have the right to privacy so a landlord must have your permission to enter the house unless it is an emergency. Click to view their website HERE.

Rent Arrears: Ensure you are paying your rent on time and keep a record of the payments. If you cannot pay your rent, you landlord is obliged to issue you with a 14-day notice. If you are still unable to pay, they may issue you with a 28-day notice of termination. Most landlords will allow you to use your deposit as your last month’s rent.

Lease Agreements: If you sign a fixed term lease, be aware you cannot leave at any time you must pay rent for the specific period stated.

Deposit Retention: You may not receive your deposit in full or at all if

  • There is damage to the property.
  • Unpaid rent
  • Leave before lease agreement.
  • Do not give adequate notice of leave.
  • Do not hand back the keys at the end the lease agreement.

Minimum standards for private rented accommodation:

  • A four-ring hob with oven and grill
  • Provisions for effective and safe removal of fumes to the external air by means of an extractor fan.
  • A fridge and freezer
  • A microwave oven
  • A sink with drainage
  • Storage for food
  • Access to a washing facility
Transitioning Out of Home – Accommodation

Transitioning Out of Home – Accommodation

Types of Accommodation You Can Choose from Include:

  1. Living on campus at your university or College- Many colleges give their students, particularly first-year students, the option to live on campus. On-campus residences allow you to easily access classrooms, academic resources, dining halls, faculty offices, and many other facilities and amenities. Living on campus can give you more opportunities to socialize with your peers.
  2. Shared off living campus – this is finding a place to rent with people you may or may not know. This option might be more cost effective than living on campus and easier to find. Normally these leases last for the 9 months of the academic year.
  3. Independent rented room or apartment- Being one of the most common types of student accommodation in Ireland. Deposits will be collected by the Landlord or Letting Agent and rent, in most cases, is paid monthly, read your lease agreement carefully. The landlord issues a lease agreement for a period of 9 or 12 months. The deposit will not be refunded if you choose to leave before the agreement expires and if any damage is caused to the apartment.
  4. Staying with a host family (Digs)- homeowners decide to open their homes to students and act as their landlord. Students have their own independence but still have the home comforts as well as are under the constraint to follow some rules. An excellent method to find a host family is on https://www.digs.ie/

 For further information see: www.threshold.ie

What do you Need to Have Prepared to Get Accommodation​:

  • Keeping an eye of your campus/provider of choice webpage and socials. ​Some accommodation is opened as early as February each year. ​
  • Deposit will be required ​so having the money saved in advance can speed up the process of finding a place to live and not be under extra time restraints.
  • You may need a Parent/Guardian Guarantor. A guarantor is generally your parent or guardian (although it can be someone else). Your guarantor undertakes to repay the loan if you, for whatever reason, are unable to repay.
  • If you are with a private landlord making sure they are registered with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) might be beneficial. ​ Landlords must register residential tenancies with the (RTB) every year and update the RTB if information about a tenancy changes. The RTB uses this information to keep a public register of tenancies. The register shows the address of the property and the number of bedrooms.
  • Keeping copies of agreements (signed). You should be given a copy of your lease, and you should photocopy.
  • Keep note of your new address and share this information with your friends and family.

 Living on Your Own for the First Time:

It is normal to be used to living with parents /siblings/extended family ​in a shared living space. However, living with friends or strangers might take some getting used to. The responsibility has shifted to you now for waking up, feeding yourself and maintaining a clean shared space.

Preparation of your food/snacks​- an excellent way to save money and time is food preparation.

Timetable/Books/Assignments – college timetables differ slightly in terms of ‘free periods’ this might be a section of the day you don’t have class. This is a great opportunity to get any work assignments started. Utilising your time the best way possible.

Some simple tips of thriving living alone:

  1. Maintain and develop a list of specific things to be done each day. ​
  2. Prioritize that list and complete the most urgent tasks at the start of day. ​
  3. Set incremental deadlines for longer-term projects.​
  4. Work in 45 minutes to 1.5-hour chunks then take a break to avoid the exhaustion that comes from overexertion. ​
  5. Concentrate on one task at a time.​

Learning to Live With Other People:

Set boundaries​- Whether you know the person you are living with or not, it is always smart to establish the ground rules from the start. You may think this is silly or that you don’t need rules; that is until you realise you should have had rules. Don’t wait until your roommate borrows your clothes without asking to decide you don’t want him or her touching your stuff. The best thing you can do when living with someone new is to sit down the first day and discuss the living situation and the rules of the room. And these rules should be mutual.

Cleaning – create a cleaning schedule, so everyone can pull their weight equally. Work out what needs to be done and then divide it up evenly and fairly. Buy the cleaning products you’ll need and split the costs between you equally.

Managing Shared Spaces- for example the laundry, will you take it home weekends or produce group agreement as to when people can do their laundry and dry it etc.

Have R.E.S.P.E.C.T what socialising at the house in terms of noise and the spaces you’re using. making sure everyone in the house is comfortable.

https://www.go.study/study-in-ireland information for students coming to study in Ireland


‘Green Beans’ Project

In Spring 2023 the Listowel Tidy Towns committee approached KDYS youth worker, Edel, looking for help with picking up litter around our town. Young people who attend the KDYS Listowel Youth Café weekly were asked if they would like to help and a group, The Green Beans, was formed.

The group of nine young people regularly helped throughout the spring and summer, litter picking, weeding, maintaining areas and giving ideas how to make the town and the Youth café more environmentally friendly.

Then in the Autumn the group were given the opportunity to start a Youth Climate Justice Project under the guidance of Youth Work Ireland. This project focused on increasing the engagement of young people in climate justice activities through creating an evidenced, manualised programme of developmental group work that would support young people to take a leadership role in climate justice activism.

Throughout the project young people were given the opportunity to take part in team building activities, to learn about climate change, climate action and climate justice.

We also had Norma Keane, from the Truth Be Told Vintage shop speak about sustainable fashion, changing habits when purchasing from fast fashion apps and upcycling old pieces of clothing. 

The main piece of the project however was an art mural the young people planned and completed, under the guidance of local artist Amy Sheehy. The aim of this mural was to increase awareness about recycling, the environment and climate change in our lives and the communities in which all participants live in.

Group members Kora and Katie will describe the process of making the mural.

“We then started on the mural and a woman called Amy came in to help us with it. We brainstormed ideas and worked as a team to see what we wanted it to look like. We started by all painting sections on the wall all different colours. We taped off parts of the wall to create a flow through the wall which we thought was cool and unique. Then with recycled cardboard we made stencils of flowers, animals, and different shapes. We then used recycled sponges to paint on and around the stencils. We finished the mural by picking out short effective slogans about the environment and again using stencils, painted them onto the wall. We wanted this wall to represent us, and our group aims. It brought us together and we love seeing people stopping to read it when they are coming in and out of the building.”

In early 2024 The Green Beans met again to plan and prepare their presentation about their involvement in the Youth Climate Justice Project. The launch was held in Youth Work Ireland Dublin, along with their peers from Youth Work Ireland Tipperary and Youth Work Ireland Galway.

The Climate Justice Group Work research conducted by Dr Morgan O’Brien and Majella Finnegan of SETU was launched along with officials from the DCEDIY. The work showed how group work empowers young people to address needs and aspirations around the things that matter to them in their lives – whether that’s big things in the wider world like climate change, or big things taking place in their homes and schools.

2024 KDYS Strategic Planning Day!

Our dedicated team gathered at the Killarney Centre for a Strategic Planning day. Together, we delved into our 6 strategic goals for 2023-2026.

Our incredible senior managers and board members took charge, each focusing on a specific goal. They shared insights, and accomplishments, and explored new avenues during open discussions among all employees.
The day was a resounding success, with amazing conversations about our organisation’s future. 

To view our KDYS strategic plan 2023 – 2026 Click Here!

Comhairle Na Nóg is inviting new members to join the group


Comhairle na nÓg are youth councils which are based in 31 local authority areas in the country. They give young people and children the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies that affect them. Our members then try to influence local decision-makers to achieve their desired outcome, impact or change.


We are Kerry Comhairle na nÓg and we represent young people aged 12 – 17 years of age from all over County Kerry.

We are from all from different parts of the county as well as different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities. We meet at least once a month, usually on a Friday evening or a Saturday and work on our chosen topic, as voted on by you during our Annual General Meeting. We have previously worked on Facilities for Young People and Climate Change as well as Positive Youth Mental Health. This year we will be working on the topic of School and Exam Pressure.


All children and young people have a right to be heard in all matters affecting them. If you feel like your voice is not being heard, or you would like to be part of something that values what you have to say, then this is the group for you. We seek to include and encourage ALL young people from every background, ethnicity and ability to participate in Comhairle.


In Kerry, we hold Comhairle meetings at least once a month, although this increases when we are working on a certain topic or project. We may also have smaller sub group meetings between the main meetings. Meetings are generally held in Tralee although we do try to vary this as much as possible to try to accommodate young people from all over the county. If a meeting is to be held in Cahersiveen for example, we will provide a bus from Listowel or Tralee to travel there. Meetings are also held over Zoom when necessary.


To find out more about joining Kerry Comhairle na nÓg contact Ann Marie Spillane annmariespillane@kdys.ie or on 085 787 5138.

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