Green Party Fingal Councillors David Healy and Roderic O’Gorman have called for greater measures to be taken to highlight the ways that renters can complain about poor standards in their accommodation. They were speaking following a response to a question put to Fingal County Council which showed 69% of private tenancies inspected in 2017 failed to meet standards.
Councillor David Healy said: “While we welcome the fact that Fingal has dramatically increased the amount of inspections of private rented tenancy units it undertakes, the number of units that do not pass this inspections continues to be far too high. In 2017 alone, of the 811 inspections that were undertaken, 559 did not meet the standard. That’s a failure rate of 69%.”
Fingal doubled the number of private rented tenancy inspections it undertook between 2016 and 2017. That number has increased even more in the first three months of 2018.
Councillor Roderic O’Gorman said: “With the current housing crisis, families are increasingly reliant on the private sector to house themselves. However, these figures indicate very real problems with the standards of accommodation that is being provided throughout the rental sector.
“We believe that Fingal should undertake an advertising campaign to highlight the fact that the Council can come in and inspect a rented home. Many people in private rental accommodation may be vulnerable due to economic conditions, or perhaps English is not their primary language. We need to do as much as we can to inform these people that they have basic rights regarding the home that they rent.”