Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Ceisteanna (539)

Eoin Ó Broin

Ceist:

539. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount allocated to each local authority for rental property inspections to date in 2019; and the projected increase in funding for this purpose for 2020 and 2021. [38336/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

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. 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. Funding is provided on the basis of inspections carried out rather than through advance allocations.

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.

Details of the amounts paid to each local authority to date in 2019 are set out in the table below:

Local Authority

Total payment for H 1 2019

Carlow

€14,150

Cavan

€7,200

Clare

€39,400

Cork County

€94,900

Donegal

€65,350

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

€41,250

Fingal

€187,600

Galway

€28,350

Kerry

€67,700

Kildare

€35,700

Kilkenny

€25,750

Laois

€12,150

Leitrim

€19,200

Limerick

€92,000

Longford

€24,150

Louth

€56,000

Mayo

€33,250

Meath

€30,550

Monaghan

€19,500

Offaly

€3,100

Roscommon

€27,650

Sligo

€36,650

South Dublin

€123,550

Tipperary

€66,100

Waterford

€67,350

Westmeath

€24,500

Wexford

€50,350

Cork City Council

€48,050

Galway City Council

€3,650

Dublin City Council

€459,150

TOTALS

€1,804,250