Residential Tenancies Act 2004

Cancellation of determination order in cases of nonappearance.

125.—(1) A person who establishes to the satisfaction of—

(a) the Board, or

(b) if the determination order is the subject of an application under section 124 , the Circuit Court, on the hearing of that application,

that, in relation to a determination order embodying the terms of a determination of the Tribunal or an adjudicator, there are good and substantial reasons for his or her having failed to appear at the relevant hearing conducted by the Tribunal or the adjudicator, the Board or the Circuit Court may, subject to subsection (3), exercise the powers referred to in subsection (2).

(2) The powers mentioned in subsection (1) are to cancel the determination order and direct that a fresh determination of the matter shall be made by the adjudicator or the Tribunal as appropriate (and the making of any such fresh determination shall be preceded by a re-hearing of the matter by the adjudicator or the Tribunal and the provisions of Chapters 4 to 7 shall apply accordingly).

(3) The Board or the Circuit Court, as the case may be, may direct that that cancellation shall not have effect unless specified conditions are, within a specified period, complied with by the person referred to in subsection (1) (being conditions analogous to the terms the High Court may impose under the Rules of the Superior Courts ( S.I. No. 15 of 1986 ) for setting aside a judgment obtained in circumstances where one of the parties did not appear at the trial concerned).

(4) Without prejudice to subsection (3), if it is sought to oppose an application under section 124 on the grounds that the determination order ought to be cancelled under this section, subsections (4) and (5) of section 124 shall apply as if references to the determination of, or evidence in relation to, whether any of the matters specified in subsection (3) of that section have been established include references to the determination of, or evidence in relation to, the issue as to whether the grounds for the court's exercising its powers under this section have been established.

(5) The Board, before deciding whether to exercise the powers under this section, shall afford the other party or parties concerned an opportunity to be heard.

(6) The reference in subsection (3) to the Rules of the Superior Courts is a reference to those Rules as amended for the time being; if those Rules should be revoked then the reference to them in that subsection shall be read as a reference to such rules corresponding to those Rules as may be for the time being in force.