Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Ceisteanna (330)

Noel Grealish

Ceist:

330. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if the standards for fire detection in rented accommodation as set out by the NSAI and referred to in section 10, "Fire Safety", in SI 17/2017 will be made available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13062/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

On 1 July 2017, updated regulatory standards, the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017, came into effect. These Regulations focus on tenant safety and include new measures covering heating appliances, carbon monoxide, ventilation and window safety. All landlords have a legal obligation to ensure that their rented properties comply with the Regulations.

The Guide to Minimum Standards in Rented Accommodation is available on my Department's website at the following link: http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/private-rented-housing/inspections/minimum-standards-rented-accommodation.

Regulation 10 of the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017 provides that fire detection and alarm systems and emergency lighting systems shall be maintained in accordance with current standards as produced by the National Standards Authority of Ireland for Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems in Buildings and for Emergency Lighting.

Queries in relation to standards issued by the National Standards Authority of Ireland are a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.