Widespread Breaches & Overcrowding

Widespread breaches in health and safety and overcrowding show a property management company renting houses to up to 70 people at a time.

It was recently reported by www.independent.ie that a property management company in Dublin is renting a number of houses to up to 70 people at a time, with 15 sleeping in some rooms.

The owner of two properties implicated said he leases the houses to the company and that there has been no breach of regulations.

Minimum accommodation standards are set out in Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 and the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) (Amendment) Regulations 2009. These regulations specify requirements in relation to a range of matters such as structural condition, sanitary facilities, heating, ventilation, light and safety of gas and electrical supply.

However, under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2015, landlords must register residential tenancies with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB).

New tenancies must be registered within a month of the start of a tenancy. Landlords are responsible for registration. The tenant must give their details to the landlord, including their Personal Public Service Number (PPS Number).

The properties featured in Cabinteely and Rathmines are not registered with the RTB according to independent.ie.