Public Sector Housing Inspections
Regulations and standards are important to protect the State's investment in PRS housing and to safeguard the interests of landlords and tenants. All landlords including approved housing bodies (AHB) are required to comply with minimum accommodation standards for rented housing.
Compliant and responsible landlords are entitled, wherever they are providing quality accommodation, to know that statutory standards are being enforced and that the non-compliant irresponsible landlord will be detected through a system of regular inspections. A report by the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC) on the inspection of private rented accommodation indicates low rates of inspection of the private rental stock, low rates of compliance and little consistency in the approach to implementing the regulations across local authorities.
With a proven track record in the PRS space, our experience and touch-screen inspection tools make complex property inspections simple and efficient.
Under-resourced Housing Authorities can choose to:
- Outsource inspection requirements to Inspex Inspection Team
- Use the Inspex Inspection technology under licence
HAP (Housing Assistance Payment) Tenancies
HAP is a form of social housing support provided by all local authorities. HAP tenants must find their own accommodation in the private rented market. HAP landlords are paid monthly by local authorities on a tenant’s behalf and payments are made electronically. The tenant then pays a rent to the local authority based on the differential rent scheme.
Just as with all privately rented dwellings, accommodation offered by landlords to HAP tenants must meet the minimum standards for private rented housing.
Under the scheme, a landlord must self-certify the property meets the minimum standards. A local authority will need to inspect a property to make sure it meets the standards with inspections usually arranged within 8 months of the first HAP payment. HAP payments may be suspended if the inspection of the property shows that the accommodation does not meet the minimum accommodation standards for rental properties.
RAS (Rental Accommodation Scheme) Tenancies
The RAS (Rental Accommodation Scheme) is a 3-way relationship between a local authority, a landlord and a tenant. The key elements of the scheme are;
- The local authority pays the full rent directly to the landlord
- The local authority nominates a RAS recipient to the accommodation
- Landlords must register tenancies with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) and tenancies are governed by the Residential Tenancies Act 2004
Just as with all privately rented dwellings, properties offered by landlords to RAS tenants must meet the minimum standards for private rented housing. A local authority will need to inspect a property to make sure it meets the minimum standards.