Section 47 of the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 inserts a new Section 23A into the Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013. This section was commenced by the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 (Commencement) (No. 2) Order 2015 on the 1st October 2015.
The significance of this is that the new Section 23A(4) provides that where a non-occupying property owner has not provided the tenants’ details to Irish Water within 20 days of the commencement of Section 23A (Section 47) or 20 days of the commencement of the tenancy if later, then the property owner shall be responsible for the charges levied by Irish Water.
In respect of pre-existing tenancies, property owners have 20 days from 1st October, 2015 to provide tenants’ details to Irish Water. It may be the case that your tenants are already registered with Irish Water. However if you have any doubt in such respect we recommend that you write to Irish Water and advise them of the tenants’ details. Irish Water’s address according to its website is P.O. Box 860, South City Delivery Office, Cork City.