Limerick Council inspects more than 1,500 rented accommodation units

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick Council inspects more than 1,500 rented accommodation unitsBy Alan Jacques – December 18, 2014 700 TAGSlimerickLimerick City and County Councilprivate rented accommodation Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Print Facebook Previous articleUlster Bank league returns as Munster travel to Glasgow #UBLNext articleTwo Limerick waste water plants fail to meet required standards Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THERE have been 1,540 inspections of private rented accommodation carried out by Limerick City and County Council over the past three years.As a result of the inspections between January 2012 and November 2014, the local authority has issued 934 notice of works and improvement notices.So far in 2014, 330 properties have been inspected and 107 notice of works and 46 improvement notices have been issued.The Council, which is responsible for enforcing the standards for rented housing regulations in Limerick City and County, says it continues to carry out inspections across Limerick on a weekly basis in order to “improve the housing standards for tenants in private rented accommodation”.The standards include requirements in respect of structural condition, sanitary facilities, heating facilities, food preparation, storage and laundry, ventilation, lighting, fire safety, refuse and the safety of gas and electrical supply.Director of Services for Home and Social Development, Caroline Curley said that in the vast majority of cases, the defects raised in the notices issued to landlords were resolved and the case closed following a re-inspection of the property by the council.“We are committed to ensuring the regulations are enforced by carrying out inspections on privately rented accommodation under our remit, following up each inspection with written communication to the landlord and carrying out further inspections as needed,” she said.Ms Curley pointed out that the landlord of each rented property has a legal obligation to ensure their accommodation was in compliance with the regulations and to make repairs as necessary, subject to normal wear and tear.“These regulations do not, however, remove the tenant’s obligations in respect of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 which requires that tenants must avoid causing damage and/or make good any damage beyond normal wear and tear,” she added.Meanwhile, the Council is reminding tenants of private rented accommodation that there is a set procedure in place if they believe their accommodation is not in compliance with the regulations.Tenants should initially contact their landlord in order to try and remedy the issues. If it transpires that the problem has not been rectified by the landlord, the tenant may then make a written complaint to Limerick City and County Council regarding the standard of their rented accommodation. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more