The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Dermot Ahern, TD, has banned upwardly only rent review clauses in business leases.
 
The Minister today signed a banning order on upwardly only rent review clauses under section 132 of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act. The section will come into operation on 28 February 2010.
 
Minister Ahern said "The practice  of  including  upward only review clauses in business leases is a deeply entrenched one. The time has come to end this practice. I  look forward to more equitable business arrangements being put in place in the future which take account of the reality facing many business owners and retailers.
 
"I always made it clear that a reasonably lengthy period of time would be allowed to facilitate the market in taking on board the proposed change. I have never  wavered in terms of my commitment  to commencing  this  measure at the  appropriate  time. That time is now with us and, following on completing the necessary legal paperwork, the ban takes effect from the end of February."
 
1 December 2009

S.I. No. 471 of 2009 - Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 (Commencement) (Section 132) Order 2009 (PDF - 205KB)