Housing Rental Standards Updated in 2019

Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019 – SI 137 of 2019

The Minister for Housing in Ireland has today enacted the updated standards for rented dwellings. The regulations apply to all rented houses let as single dwelling. It excludes however the following form of lettings:

  • a holiday letting
  • a letting by the Health Service Executive or by an approved body, as accommodation with sanitary, cooking or dining facilities provided for communal use within the building which contains the house, or
  • a letting by a Housing Authority under the Housing Acts 1966 to 2014, and is a caravan, mobile home or a moveable structure

The rented house must be ‘a proper state of structural repair’ meaning structurally sound, internally and externally, with a roof, roofing tiles and slates, windows, floors, ceilings, walls, stairs, doors, skirting boards, fascia, tiles on any floor, ceiling and wall, gutters, down pipes, fittings, furnishings, gardens and common areas all maintained in good condition and repair. The property should not be defective due to dampness or otherwise. Any window more than 1.4m off the ground with an opening from which a person could fall must have limiters placed on the window to prevent this happening. Suitable arrangements must be in place to prevent vermin entering the premises.

There are a number of other requirements in the updated regulations concerning sanitary ware, cooking facilities, hot and cold water supply, fire safety measures etc.. An extract in .pdf format of these regulations can downloaded from this link. A full copy of the 2019 Regulations can be accessed here

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