Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (662)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

662. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount allocated to each local authority for rental property inspections in 2018 and 2019; and the projected increase in funding for this purpose for 2020, 2021 and 2022. [21628/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Between 2005 and 2017, over €36 million has been paid to local authorities to assist them in the performance of their functions under the Housing Acts, including the inspection of rented accommodation. Over 229,000 inspections were carried out during this period.

The Rental Strategy recognises the need for additional resources to be provided to local authorities to aid increased inspections of properties and ensure greater compliance with the Regulations. Provision has been made for €4.5 million of Exchequer funding to be made available to local authorities in 2019 for this purpose, with the intention of providing further increases each year in the period to 2021 to facilitate a targeted inspection coverage of 25% of rental properties annually at that stage. 

Detailed information in relation to inspections carried out by each Local Authority since 2005 can be found on my Department's website at the following link:

http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/statistics/house-building-and-private-rented/private-housing-market-statistics.

Information in relation to  2018 is currently being collated by my Department and will be available on my Department's website shortly.