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Rent in Dublin? Huge increase in amount of work needed in rented properties

One councillor said people are putting up with sub-standard conditions just to have a roof over their heads.

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THERE HAS BEEN a dramatic increase in the number of enforcement notices being served on Dublin city landlords requesting them to carry out work on properties.

In 2010, just 397 notices were issued by Environmental Health Officers compared to a high of 4,364 in 2013 and 2,471 last year.

Sinn Féin councillor Noeleen Reilly says the number of enforcement notices shows there is a serious issue with the standard of some private rented accommodation in Dublin City.

I believe there is a serious issue with the standard of accommodation some families are being expected to live in.

Here’s the breakdown of the number of enforcement notices served by Environmental Health Officers in Dublin city:

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Of the 1,795 notices issued to landlords up to September of this year, the vast majority of landlords complied with the notices, while 83 properties needed further action after follow up checks.

Reilly added, “Some of the issues that people have come to me over would be serious mould issues, windows and doors in need of repairs or faulty heating systems to name a few.

I believe these figures are the tip of the iceberg. Given the current crisis and shortage of alternative accommodation people are afraid to come forward in case they are evicted by the landlord.

“There is nowhere else for them to go so people put up with sub-standard conditions just to have a roof over their heads.”

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