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Rent standards slip

Thursday, 20th April, 2017 1:01am

The number of private rented properties failing to meet standards is on the rise on Leeside.

Details comparing 2015 and 2016 have been revealed, on inspections of privately rented properties in Cork city as well as the level of non-compliance.

The matter arose at the latest meeting of Cork City Council following queries from Fine Gael Cllr John Buttimer.

Senior management replied that 935 inspections were carried out on 619 dwellings in 2016 and that the number of dwellings inspected that failed to meet standards on first inspection was 445.

Michael Burke, Assistant Director of Services, Human Resource Management and Organisational Reform also revealed statistics for the previous year; 1,007 inspections were carried out on 635 properties and 269 failed to meet standards on first inspection in 2015.

The most common reasons for dwellings not complying were inadequate ventilation, no fire blanket and issues relating to the structural condition of the rented accommodation.

Other reasons for non-compliance included those related to electricity and gas.

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