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27 2004

Residential Tenancies Act 2004

Chapter 3

Preliminary steps by Board (include power to refer matter to Tribunal)

Initial steps that may be taken by Board to resolve matters referred.

92. —(1) As soon as practicable after a dispute is referred to it, the Board may communicate with the parties for the purpose of—

(a) endeavouring to ensure that they are fully aware of the nature of the issue or issues the subject of the reference, and

(b) in cases where it considers the dispute is due to some basic misunderstanding of either or both of them as to the rights or obligations of landlords and tenants, achieving the objective mentioned in subsection (2).

(2) That objective is to have the issue or issues between the parties resolved by agreement between them without recourse being needed to the other procedures in this Part.

(3) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the communications by the Board under this section with the parties may, where it would be of assistance to the parties, include an indication by the Board, based on appropriate assumptions stated to the parties, of the typical outcome of issues of the kind concerned being determined under this Part.

(4) Any such indication shall be communicated by the Board as fully to one of the parties as the other or others and the Board, in its communications generally with the parties under this section, shall bear in mind the right of the parties to invoke all of the procedures under this Part that are available to them.

Invitation to parties to resolve matter through mediation.

93. —(1) Unless the steps (if any) taken under section 92 have resulted in the parties agreeing a resolution of the matter concerned, the Board shall request each of the parties to state whether he or she consents to the dispute being the subject of mediation under section 95 .

(2) If each of the parties states, in response to that request, that he or she consents to the dispute being the subject of such mediation the Board shall arrange for the matter to be the subject of mediation by a person appointed by it from amongst the panel of mediators under section 164 (4).

(3) If any of the parties fails to respond to a request under subsection (1) or responds by stating that he or she does not consent to the matter concerned being the subject of mediation under section 95 , the Board shall arrange for the matter to be the subject of adjudication under section 97 by a person appointed by it from amongst the panel of adjudicators under section 164 (4).

(4) This section is subject to section 94 .

Exceptions to section 93 : direct reference of matter to Tribunal, etc.

94. —Notwithstanding section 93 , the Board shall not be required to arrange for—

(a) mediation of the kind mentioned in that section in relation to a dispute if it has made an application to the Circuit Court under section 189 in relation to the dispute, in which case the Board may, as it thinks appropriate—

(i) arrange for the dispute to be the subject of adjudication under section 97 by a person appointed by it from amongst the panel of adjudicators under section 164 (4), or

(ii) refer the dispute to the Tribunal,

or

(b) mediation or adjudication of the kind mentioned in that section in relation to a dispute if, in all the circumstances, it considers it would be more appropriate for it to refer the dispute to the Tribunal and refers it accordingly.