Free Residential Lease Download

What is it?

This is a residential tenancy agreement. It is an agreement between a landlord and a tenant and is commonly represented by a lease. This lease can be downloaded, printed and used and modified (subject to a few restrictions, see small print below) by a landlord, tenant or agent.

Regardless of the presence of a lease document, the tenancy is regulated by legislation.

Why do we give it away for free?

We're nice guys! It is our contribution to the property managment sector to encourage best practice in that field. We think that it is a fair lease for both the landlord and tenant, that it is easy to read and that it is compatible with:

Please note: Topfloor will only answer questions from our EXISTING clients regarding the Topfloor Tenancy Agreement and its use. Everyone else is free to use it but if you have any questions, please consult your own solicitor.

Why are there two types of tenancy agreements ?

Following our interpretation of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 to 2016, we have prepared two tenancy agreements for use by the property management industry or any landlord/tenant.

Please note, although the initial lease sets the rent it must be done in accordance with the legislation ( market rent or RPZ ). Subsequent changes of rent throughout the tenancy are through a Notice of Rent Review and NOT by way of subsequent leases.

  1. Fixed Term. This adds greater security of tenure than that provided under the legislation. Landlord cannot rely on all of the provisions the Part 4 provide.
  2. Part 4. This agreement represents the minimum in security of tenure that is offered under the Act and is for UP TO six years. Under the terms of this lease a landlord may regain possession of the property within the first six months without specifying grounds, but once a tenancy has lasted six months, the landlord will only be able to terminate the tenancy if any of the following apply:

    • the tenant does not comply with the obligations of the tenancy
    • the dwelling is no longer suited to the occupants accommodation needs (e.g. overcrowded)
    • the landlord intends to sell the dwelling in the next 3 months
    • the landlord requires the dwelling for own or family member occupation
    • the landlord intends to refurbish the dwelling
    • the landlord intends to change the business use of the dwelling

    In these instances the notice the landlord must give is as below. The Tenant may terminate at any stage but the notice that must be given is also below:

    Duration of Tenancy Notice by Landlord Notice by Tenant
    Less than 6 months 28 days 28 days
    6 or more months but less than 1 year 35 days 35 days
    1 year or more but less than 2 years 42 days 42 days
    2 years or more but less than 3 years 56 days 56 days
    3 years or more but less than 4 years 84 days 56 days
    4 years or more but less than 5 years 112 days 84 days
    5 years or more but less than 6 years 140 days 84 days
    6 years or more but less than 7 years 168 days 84 days
    7 years or more but less than 8 years 196 days 84 days
    8 or more years 224 days 112 days

    All tenants who have been in a property for more than 6 months are entitled to a Part 4, but may only avail of it at the end of the Fixed Term and once they give notice of their intention.

The small print

Before downloading the Topfloor Lease, you must read and agree to the following conditions:

  1. The letting agreement may only be used subject to the copyright at the foot of each lease. Essentially, under the terms of the copyright, the public may use and amend the leases as they see fit. However there are some restrictions if you wish to modify and distribute the lease. See the GNU Free Documentation Licence for details of these restrictions. For most people this will mean that the Copyright, Disclaimer and Licence sections on the front page can't be touched and that all modified versions of these documents are also made freely available under the GNU Free Documentation Licence.
  2. Great care and attention to detail has been given to the drafting of Topfloor's Lease, but Topfloor Systems Limited nonetheless accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any possible defects in the leases or any liability that may arise from any such defects if they do exist. The leases do not purport to be a legal interpretation of the above legislation and each and every user of the leases should ensure that they are satisfying the requirements of any legislation in force at any time, and in particular the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 to 2016.
  3. While Topfloor welcomes general enquiries on our services, Topfloor will not enter into consultation or correspondence with any party (except exisiting Topfloor clients) in connection with the free downloading or use of its leases.
  4. The acts of downloading and use of the lease signifies that the user fully agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Note: You MUST agree to the terms and conditions above to make the download button become active.