Housing Minister says tenant deposit protection a priority for 2014

20 November 2013 11:20

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Housing Minister says tenant deposit protection a priority for 2014

Threshold chairperson Aideen Hayden said there is evidence that local authorities are to blame for the persistence of sub standard accommodation being offered.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, she said: "€24 million between 2005 and 2012 was handed over by the Department of the Environment to local authorities to carry out inspections of rented properties.

"The fact that a significant number of them, over the last few years, carried out no inspections at all is not good enough."

Senator Hayden said Threshold has again called for a NCT-type inspection for rented accommodation to be introduced.

"Before a landlord is entitled by law to rent a property it should be certified as fit for purpose.

"In the way that you walk into restaurant and know that you are protected, you drive a car that has an NCT, you have a rented property that has a certificate to say it is fit for purpose."

The charity called on Ms O'Sullivan to rectify the problem by putting a certification measure in place.

The minister said she wanted to see best practice shared among local authorities and would "engage" with Threshold over measures such as a certification system.

Source: rte.ie

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