Land­lords let­ting flats ‘in prim­i­tive con­di­tions’

Fe­bru­ary 2003

Bray People - - NEWS -

UN­SCRUPU­LOUS land­lords around Wicklow are forc­ing ten­ants to live in prim­i­tive con­di­tions.

So says a Labour mem­ber of Wicklow County Coun­cil, who said that those on wait­ing lists for hous­ing by the lo­cal author­ity were en­ti­tled to ex­pect a de­cent stan­dard of ac­com­mo­da­tion from their pri­vate land­lords.

Cllr Jimmy O’Shaugh­nessy said that some land­lords didn’t seem to care – and were rent­ing out flats to peo­ple in which the con­di­tions were ‘prim­i­tive’.

He said that the county coun­cil had a re­spon­si­bil­ity in the area, and urged that they carry out an ex­am­i­na­tion of the land­lord sit­u­a­tion around the county.

He told the county coun­cil that there were a siz­able num­ber of peo­ple around the county liv­ing in pri­vate rented flats funded by the health board.

‘Peo­ple are let­ting out flats in very prim­i­tive con­di­tions and get­ting good money for it. We have to look at the con­di­tions that peo­ple have to live in,’ he said.

How­ever, se­nior ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the hous­ing depart­ment with the coun­cil Des O’Brien told Coun­cil­lor O’Shaugh­nessy that they did not have any con­trol over en­sur­ing that peo­ple were liv­ing in de­cent ac­com­mo­da­tion.

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