Offaly County Council has appointed the Inspex team to carry out proactive inspections of private rented properties in the Offaly County Council Area.
All privately rented properties must comply with the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019. The current minimum standards for rented accommodation specify the requirements in relation to a range of matters including structural repair, sanitary facilities, heating, ventilation, lighting, fire safety as well as the safety of gas and electrical supply.
These minimum accommodation standards apply to all privately rented property that is currently let or available for letting from private landlords, approved housing bodies and institutional landlords.
Our local authorities are responsible for checking and enforcing these minimum accommodation standards while landlords are responsible for ensuring their rented properties meet these standards.
Failure to comply with the minimum standards can result in penalties and prosecution. Offaly County Council can issue Improvement Notices and Prohibition Notices to landlords who breach the minimum standards regulations.
Queries in relation to the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019 and how compliance may be achieved can be submitted to our online chat facility at www.inspex.ie or follow twitter.com/Inspex_ie where information in relation to compliance is regularly published.