Landlord fined for not registering tenancy

Landlord fined for not registering tenancy

A CORK landlord has been fined €1,000 and ordered to pay more than €2,500 in costs for failing to register a tenant.

Farmer Timothy O'Sullivan, 62, of Inchigeela, Macroom. Co. Cork, was prosecuted by the Residential Tenancies Board for failing to comply within 14 days with a notice to register a tenant Monastery Hill, Off Blarney Street, in Cork city-centre, in April. He pleaded guilty to the charge which is under the Residential Tenancies Act.

Prosecution counsel Eoghan Cole told Judge John O'Neill at Dublin District Court that the defendant did not comply until Oct. 26.

Defence counsel Daithi Mac Carthaigh told the court his client is a farmer earning €30,000 per annum and has no previous convictions. He could not attend the hearing because he was with his accountant trying to avoid the same situation with other properties, the court heard.

Mr Mac Carthaigh said that like many people his client got into property but is currently €4m in debt and a number of his properties were repossessed.

The court heard the offence can carry a fine of up to €4,000 as well as a requirement to pay costs of €2,500 plus VAT.

Judge O'Neill said the case has been before him on a number of occasions and he took into consideration that he has no prior convictions and that he could not attend because he was dealing with other matters.

Judge O'Neill fined him €1,000 and ordered him to pay the costs.