Local Fianna Fáil TD and Spokesperson for Justice and Equality, Jim O’Callaghan has said that Dublin City Council must increase its rate of inspection in the wake of the discovery of a number of rental properties in South Dublin which are failing to meet minimum housing standards.
Yesterday’s Sunday Independent reported overcrowded conditions and poor quality accommodation in a number of two-storey residential properties in Ranelagh and Rathmines.
Commenting on the reports, Deputy O’Callaghan said, “An escalating housing crisis has left too many working people unable to afford the soaring cost of rent in Dublin and with no other choice but to settle in substandard accommodation.
“Both Ranelagh and Rathmines are rental blackspot; popular with students and young professionals commuting to nearby DIT, UCD or into the city for work.
“The four local authorities including Dublin City Council have a responsibility to check properties in their area. We should not be leaving it to the media to uncover these poor standard units.
“My main concern is that these properties are not just uncomfortable or in disrepair but that they are in fact potential fire hazards and are putting people at risk.
“We need to see a significant increase in the number of quality inspections being carried out in the private rented sector to stop rogue landlords putting people in substandard accommodation. It appears that the capacity of Dublin City Council’s inspection programme is limited and is not well enough resourced to maintain an acceptable or necessary rate of inspection.
“Landlords and those profiting from renting these overcrowded, poor quality dwellings should be served prohibition notices and forced to make improvements to bring the accommodation up to legal standard as set out in the housing regulations.
He concluded, “These reports further underscore my party’s position which is that without a rapid increase in the supply of homes, this housing crisis will carry on and the deterioration in the standard of existing rental property will continue.”