EXCLUSIVE: Almost 90% of private rented properties inspected non-compliant with regulations

Most common reasons for noncompliance included 'ventilation and fire safety'

Darren Hassett

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New figures released to Carlow Live

Almost 90% of private rented properties inspected by Carlow County Council last year were non-compliant with standards in private rented accommodation, new figures have revealed. 

The were also zero improvement notices issued in relation to private rented properties and no prosecutions were brought by the Council in respect of non-compliance with the regulations. 

A Freedom of Information request by Carlow Live asked about the the number of dwellings inspected by the Council during 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018.

The figures revealed that in 2016 there were 384 inspected, last year that had dropped to 346 while to date this year there were 344.

The request also asked how many of those dwellings were found to be non-compliant with the regulations for standards in private rented accommodation. 

In 2016, 311 of the properties were non-compliant, in 2017 it was 307 and to date this year it came to 257.

There were zero properties inspected proactively – i.e. not arising from complaints or concerns raised with the Council, nor as a result of the Council’s responsibility to inspect private rented properties under the HAP and RAS schemes in 2016 and 2017.

However, 10 properties were inspected last year under the above criteria. 

The most common reasons for non-compliance with standard regulations were: Article 9 - Ventilation, Article 11 - Fire Safety and Article 13 -Electricity, Oil and Gas.

The number of follow-up inspections carried out were 2016 (12), 2017 (60) and 2018 to date (14).

Local authorities are responsible for enforcing minimum standards as set out in the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017 and this includes the inspection of properties.

Minimum standards include: the landlord must ensure that all gas, oil and electricity installations are maintained in good repair, and safe working order and that every room has adequate ventilation.

If you are a tenant and you think your accommodation is not up to standard, you can contact your local authority.