Council quizzed on outsourcing of private rental inspections
A Social Democrat councillor has challenged the council to outline its plans to ‘outsource the inspections of private rented tenancies for minimum legal standards’.
Cllr Paul Mulville (SD) asked the council to explain its plans and in response, the local authority said it has ‘statutory responsibilities for the inspection and enforcement of minimum standards in private rented dwellings’.
The council said it carried out 704 inspections of private rented properties during 2017 but in February 2018 the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government informed the council it would be required to inspect almost three times more properties, this year.
The local authority said: ‘The assistance of external resources was required in order to meet these targets for 2018 and subsequent years to ensure greater compliance and enforcement of regulations. The Environmental Health Officers continue to carry out inspections, deal with more complex cases, issue Improvement Notices and initiate legal proceedings where necessary.’
Cllr Paul Mulville (SD)