Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (973)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

973. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of HAP inspections undertaken to date; the number outstanding beyond the eight month deadline by local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23565/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Housing Assistant Payment Scheme (HAP) in underpinned by the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014. Under section 41 of the 2014 Act, local authorities are required to commence the inspection process within eight months of the commencement of HAP support being provided in relation to a particular dwelling, if the dwelling was not already inspected within the previous 12 months. Local authorities carry out HAP inspections as a subset of their overall private rented inspections programme.

In February of this year, at my Department's request, the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) worked with local authorities to compile data in respect of HAP inspections and the findings of that exercise, including the details sought by the Deputy, are reflected in the table below.

Local Authority

Total Number of   Tenancies

Total Active Number of Tenancies

No of Properties where an Inspection is not due as per legislative requirement (Inside of 8 months)

No of properties where an Inspection is due

Inspection Carried out/Arranged

% of inspections arranged / carried out

Carlow   County Council

935

683

149

534

527

99%

Cavan County Council

341

288

132

156

119

76%

Clare County Council

1,955

1,324

276

1,048

730

70%

Cork City Council

2,218

1,726

413

1,313

881

67%

Cork County Council

4,808

3,738

1,018

2,720

1749

64%

Donegal County Council

2,554

1,714

376

1,338

1,411

105%

Dublin City Council

1,562

1,863

840

1,023

1,206

118%

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

377

371

171

200

193

97%

Fingal County Council

1,675

1,625

791

834

731

88%

Galway City Council

1,408

1,236

378

858

395

46%

Galway County Council

1,347

1,168

408

760

923

121%

Kerry County Council

1,070

940

405

535

598

112%

Kildare County Council

2,431

2,036

581

1,455

435

30%

Kilkenny County Council

1,395

861

196

665

775

117%

Laois County Council

805

695

328

367

449

122%

Leitrim County Council

275

221

103

118

133

113%

Limerick City & County Council

3,078

2,204

465

1,739

2,009

116%

Longford County Council

353

300

156

144

165

115%

Louth County Council

3,351

2,674

859

1,815

1,306

72%

Mayo County Council

1,399

1,131

368

763

497

65%

Meath County Council

2,305

1,912

666

1,246

719

58%

Monaghan County Council

772

530

145

385

459

119%

Offaly County Council

1,094

841

204

637

244

38%

Roscommon County Council

463

388

171

217

168

77%

Sligo County Council

830

660

211

449

406

90%

South Dublin County Council

3,010

2,724

586

2,138

2,001

94%

Tipperary County Council

2,493

1,738

396

1,342

1,432

107%

Waterford City & County Council

2,587

1,845

524

1,321

1,308

99%

Westmeath County Council

732

646

245

401

438

109%

Wexford County Council

1,251

1,058

502

556

395

71%

Wicklow County Council

1,087

998

425

573

261

46%

DRHE

5,687

4,236

1,753

2,483

1,921

77%

Grand Total

55,648

44,374

14,241

30,133

24,984

83%