Twelve hundred private rental properties in the city and County of Galway inspected by two boards last year failed to meet minimum standards set for landlords.
The National Oversight Audit Committee (Noac) said 100% of rental homes inspected by Galway City Council in 2020 were considered non-compliant with rental property regulations. This included 387 rental properties in the city.
The non-compliance rate in Galway County Council jurisdiction was 99.5%, which included 859 rental properties that did not meet standards.
In addition to Galway City, 100% of all rented properties inspected in Carlow, Cavan, Laois, Waterford and Kilkenny did not meet regulatory standards. Monaghan County Council had the lowest failure rate for private rental housing at 55%.
Inspection rates in the city are lower than in the county. About 3% of rental properties were inspected in the city last year, while more than 12% of rental properties in the county were inspected.
Nationally, the inspection rate for registered leases “continues to be low” at 6.7%, down from 9.9% in 2019.
The Housing Standards for Rented Houses Regulation states that landlords must ensure that rented apartments, apartments or houses are “free of moisture and in good condition for structural repair.”
They require that roofs, tiles, slates, windows, floors, ceilings, walls, stairs, doors, baseboards, fascias, tiles on all floors, ceilings and walls, gutters, downspouts, fittings, furniture, gardens and common areas, “must be kept in good condition and repaired”.
The landlord must ensure that the electricity or gas supply is safe and in good repair, and that each room has adequate ventilation and heating that tenants can control, as well as natural lighting. and artificial.
The standards also state that tenants have access to a washing machine and tumble dryer if there is no yard or garden to dry clothes; and there must be adequate cooking and food storage facilities.
Meanwhile, Galway County Council had the highest vacancy rate for its local authority housing stock.
Some 7% of all of its council housing was vacant last year, Noac said.
This means 176 Council Houses were vacant last December in County Galway.
This was ten times the South Dublin County vacancy rate (0.07%) and more than tripled the Galway City Council vacancy rate as of December 31, 2020, which was 2.08% or 45 vacant council housing.
NOAC said it understood that while there is still a level of turnover in properties leased by local authorities, “everything should be done by local authorities to ensure that stock is used as much as possible to meet at the request and needs of applicants on the waiting list housing “.
He added that the councils are funded by the Ministry of Housing to minimize vacant housing.