Landlords have a legal obligation to ensure that their rented properties comply with the Minimum Standards as set out in the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2009.
In other words, landlords are required to provide tenants with a property that is safe and healthy to live in. Additionally, landlords are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the property arising from normal wear and tear. Tenants are required to exercise due care when using the dwelling and the equipment in it and to inform a landlord if or when repairs are needed. Tenants are responsible for repairs that are not attributable to normal use.
Local authorities are responsible for enforcing the minimum accommodation standards. This includes inspection of properties to determine compliance.
Failure to comply with the minimum standards can result in penalties and prosecution. Local authorities can issue Improvement Notices and Prohibition Notices to landlords who breach the minimum standards regulations.
Paul McNeive from Irish Independent 'The Right Moves' reports 'Having recently bought a residential investment property, I was recommended to a surveying firm Inspex Ltd. The Inspex inspection grades a property against the regulations and points out where improvements need to be made. I expected to receive a report a week or so later but after 3 days I was emailed a comprehensive 22 page report including photographs. Anne Millar, Inspex MD, explains that some Local Authorities are under resourced to carry out inspections and she said the software is being piloted by several Local Authorities who need a streamlined process.'