SENATOR Victor Boyhan has called on the Minister of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government to ensure that the annual rates of inspection of rental accommodation is increased across each of the 31 local authorities in order to maintain approved standards in the private housing rental sector.
Senator Boyhan, a member of the Oireachtas Housing Committee has also requested Minister Simon Coveney TD to confirm that all councils are adequately funded and resourced to carry out inspection work throughout 2017.
“It appears to me that different local authorities have very different levels of engagement with private landlords in terms of enforcing standards and inspections in the private rental sector.”
“A recently published survey by NOCA the national Oversight and Audit Commission revealed a low level of inspection by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, this concerns me.”
“If tenants have concerns about standards in private or local authority accommodation, I would encourage them to make contact with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Housing Department.”
Sanator Victor Boyhan