Friday, 6 September 2019

Ceisteanna (1930, 1931, 1932, 1933)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

1930. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount allocated to each local authority to carry out inspections of private rented dwellings in each of the years 2014 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34940/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

1931. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the reason improvement notices have not been issued in respect of all private rented dwellings which failed to meet the regulatory requirements (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34941/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

1932. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of improvement notices in respect of private rented dwellings which resulted in the carrying out of the prescribed works and successful passing of the follow-up inspection by the local authority in each of the years 2014 to 2018, by local authority, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34942/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

1933. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of tenancies which have ended as a result of the private rented dwelling failing the local authority inspections; the proportion of same which were registered HAP properties in each of the years 2014 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34943/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1930 to 1933, inclusive, together.

The Strategy for the Rental Sector, published in December 2016, set out a series of measures to be introduced to ensure the quality of private rental accommodation by strengthening the applicable standards and improving the inspection and enforcement systems.

Minimum standards for rental accommodation are prescribed in the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019 made under section 18 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1992. The regulations focus on tenant safety and include measures covering heating appliances, carbon monoxide and window safety. My Department published a guidance document to assist and support local authorities in implementing the Regulations in July 2017. All landlords have a legal obligation to ensure that their rented properties comply with these regulations.

Under Section 18 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1992, responsibility for the enforcement of the Regulations rests with the relevant local authority. Section 18A of the 1992 Act provides that where, in the opinion of a housing authority, a landlord is contravening or has contravened the standards, the authority may issue an improvement notice. It is a matter for the relevant housing authority to decide whether to issue an improvement notice in each individual case.

Between 2005 and 2018, over €39 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 258,000 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. Exchequer funding of €4.5 million is being 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 is available on my Department's website at the following link:

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

Details of the amounts paid to each local authority since 2014 are set out in the following table:

Year

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Local Authority

County Councils

Carlow

38,300

30,500

35,050

35,500

41,450

Cavan

80,800

63,300

73,400

53,000

64,400

Clare

54,800

56,750

66,250

52,450

56,850

Cork

82,300

61,700

80,950

125,800

91,600

Donegal

57,600

52,200

52,850

92,950

122,850

Dun L Rathdown

51,600

38,450

42,200

50,700

161,750

Fingal

32,950

27,550

36,250

86,450

295,350

Galway

5,950

8,700

3,000

118,800

84,250

Kerry

71,200

224,450

95,450

79,950

105,750

Kildare

63,400

52,450

40,400

46,150

64,500

Kilkenny

44,700

42,750

33,150

94,000

59,600

Laois

17,600

7,700

4,500

17,250

33,400

Leitrim

6,350

8,200

5,500

11,600

19,900

Limerick

41,300

99,050

137,950

106,600

123,600

Longford

5,550

5,050

4,900

7,200

32,700

Louth

2,300

-

-

-

59,984

Mayo

10,200

25,650

10,100

23,000

75,400

Meath

14,300

14,800

11,900

38,500

42,150

Monaghan

38,900

38,700

30,600

42,150

48,150

Tipperary

19,100

10,300

11,000

72,550

104,900

Offaly

5,250

4,150

3,900

12,800

20,650

Roscommon

76,600

74,800

13,550

33,300

39,700

Sligo

88,700

60,972

44,150

33,750

56,450

South Dublin

289,900

189,450

152,350

169,750

208,500

Waterford

89,100

87,800

84,300

113,900

76,300

Westmeath

86,450

90,650

36,450

92,950

59,600

Wexford

90,800

21,050

19,100

41,950

91,650

Wicklow

36,600

-

-

-

-

City Councils

Cork

137,100

111,650

110,750

86,350

76,750

Dublin

369,050

354,250

452,100

240,350

692,750

Galway

17,000

19,650

10,250

22,450

26,750

Total Payment

2,025,750

1,882,672

1,702,300

2,002,150

3,037,634

Information in relation to the number of improvement notices in respect of private rented dwellings which resulted in the carrying out of the prescribed works and successful passing of the follow-up inspection by the local authority as well as the number of tenancies which have ended as a result of the private rented dwelling failing the local authority inspections is not held by my Department.

At the end of Q2 2019, a total of 14,478 households were reported on the HAP Shared Services Centre system as having exited HAP: this included tenant led exits; compliance exits; transfers to other forms of social housing; and landlord exits. This report is based on cessations as submitted by local authorities. Reasons for these cessations are typically provided by the tenant and/or landlord. To end Q2 2019, 399 exits from the scheme were reported as relating to property standards.