Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
1235. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount allocated to each local authority to carry out inspections of private rented dwellings in 2019 and to date in 2020. [3484/20]
Between 2005 and 2018, over €39 million was paid to local authorities to assist them in the performance of their functions under the Housing Acts, including the inspection of rented accommodation. Over 258,000 inspections were carried out during this period.
The Rental Strategy recognises the need for additional resources to be provided to local authorities to aid increased inspections of properties and ensure greater compliance with the Regulations. Provision has been made for €6 million of Exchequer funding to be made available to local authorities in 2020 for this purpose, with the intention of providing a further increase in 2021 to facilitate a targeted inspection rate of 25% of rental properties annually at that stage. Funding is provided on the basis of inspections carried out rather than through advance allocations.
Detailed information in relation to inspections carried out by each Local Authority since 2005, can be found on my Department's website at the following link:
Details of the amounts paid to each local authority to quarter 3 2019 are set out in the following table:
|Local Authority||Total payment to Qtr 3 2019|
|Dun Laoghaire Rathdown||€87,950|
|Cork City Council||€95,400|
|Galway City Council||€11,250|
|Dublin City Council||€774,250|
Quarter 4 payments are currently being finalised and are due to be paid to local authorities within the coming days.