SCSI reminder about new rental accommodation standards

SCSI reminder about new rental accommodation standards

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland has reminded tenants and landlords about the new residential rental accommodation standards which effectively ban shared bathrooms and landlord-controlled heating systems from today, Friday February 1st.

The SCSI said the four year graced period pertaining to certain provisions in the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008, will elapse shortly and this will mean that rental properties must be upgraded to meet the new standards.

Siobhan O’Dwyer, Chair of the Property & Facilities Management Professional Group of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) said “the new Housing Standards dictate that from February 1st, rental properties will be required to have separate bathrooms, independently controlled heating appliances, adequate food preparation and storage facilities and access to laundry facilities and it is important that both tenants and landlords are fully informed about this”.

The SCSI said that the purpose of the Housing Regulations is to improve living conditions, particularly for those renting Pre-1963 units.

Ms O’Dwyer said that the average cost of upgrading units to the required standards was likely to vary, but a significant expenditure could be envisaged and recommended that tenants or landlords with questions should contact their local authority or the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government for further information on the new standards.

“The penalties for non-compliance with the regulations are a fine of €5,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both, and the fine for each day of a continuing offence is €400 so it is in landlord’s interests to ensure their rental accommodation meets the new standards”, concluded O’Dwyer.

Meanwhile, the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) will hold their annual dinner in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel on Thursday February 7th at 8pm.

This year’s guest speaker will be Dennis Turner, the former Chief Economist of HSBC Bank.

Last year’s black tie event attracted more than 900 members and guests.

This year’s fee will be €85 with further details and booking available by logging on to www.scsi.ie

There are 9 comments for this article
  1. Patrick at 3:10 pm

    No one with the slimmest bit of self esteem will want to live in a so called third world accommodation, not even third world citizens god help us all.Well if he does not there is little point in looking elsewhere.It must be said that beyond a shadow of doubt,anyone who would expect a landlord or other who has just upgraded his/her property at enormous expense is going to charge the same rent as before, it just does not make economic sense.Rebranding the product may work,depending the wording of the legislation,and that is one for the legal bagels. I agree with our good friend Andrew that a good bedsit was something to be cherished and enjoyed by many Irish and other emigrants over the years, and in a way I feel sorry to see them outlawed in this manner. However upgrading our standard of accommodation has to be welcomed.
    My only fear is that in these austere times many of our people on breadline incomes will not be able to afford rental increases. The sad thing about it is,everything is going up, except incomes and the consequence of this is more homeless people on the streets.
    With our unemployment dropping,thanks by enlarge to our young having yet again to flee the country in their droves in search of a decent return on their education,I doubt if we are likely to suffer a shortage of rental property,and this may help keep the rental rates down in the short term.

  2. Peter Murphy at 1:26 pm

    I live the way the Charted Surveyors of Ireland celebrate their “contributions” to whatever by holding a Dinner that costs €85.00 per head, OR may be they are going to contribute to the cost of upgrading some of the grotty bedsits that are particularly in the Inner Cities from Half this figure for the Dinner!!!!!

  3. anu at 12:53 pm

    Hi
    Then what to do with those landlords & agents who convert one bedroom into 2 & rent it. Why there is no minimum space limit for a bedrooms here?

  4. Helena at 12:50 pm

    It is about time that unscrupulous landlords who pray on the vulnerable are stopped in their tracks, stopped at trying to rent out falling down shacks, that they couldn’t be bothered putting any money into because it might affect their profit. Too many landlords are buying grotty substandard properties on the cheap and then letting them out to people who are on the breadline and who are only allowed a set rental allowance when they are on the live register. When rental accommodation is in short supply they may have been able to get away with this, but hopefully with this new legislation now that will put a stop to these mizers and force them to put their hand in their pockets.

  5. Paddy at 12:48 pm

    I have a 3 bed house but I don’t have the entire house rented.
    What I have done is rented out rooms on a weekly basis in the house.
    I give an allowance of a certain amount for the electricity, and anything over that is shared with the residence
    The sitting room and kitchen is used as a communal area.

    Does the new law affect a landlord with this arrangement?

  6. Tom at 11:56 am

    All well and good but you pay for what you get .As for the first comment that it wont affect the rent He needs a reality check .If someone spends thousands upgrading a house or whatever they will seek to get a return on it There are far too many Qangos hanging off the rental market here now and nearly all of them useless for both tenant and landlord .

  7. Andrew at 11:55 am

    People may not “Want” bedsits however they serve the “Needs” of many myself included when starting out.

    Are our Local Authorities ready for the onslaught of homeless people that they have accommodated in such places just using a different name, Guest houses?

    As for the bottom moving up don’t make me laugh, for example:

    The slums of Gardiner Street and surrounding areas were demolished and replaced with badly built box’s that have been on a steady course to becoming the new slum that it replaced from the day the project started.

    I doubt 4 people in a 4 bed house require separate bathrooms, neither will all the occupants of guest houses.

    Appears there are two “Easy Outs” or ways around the new laws, change the title of the accommodation to House Sharing or Guest House and life moves on.

    Typical of a country that does not have effective building control in any of the Local Authorities.

  8. Rosmarie at 11:27 am

    Does that mean, that if you have 4 single people in a 4 bedroom house, that each of them is required to have their separate toilet?

  9. Paddy at 11:15 am

    The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland is helping rid Ireland of accommodation no one wants to live in. Most people only stay in grotty bedsits with shared toilets when left with no affordable alternatives. The bottom of the rental market has moved up, and about time. This should not effect rent which is driven by supply and demand and not by standards. Were rent and standards linked, many tenants of Irish bedsits would be paid to live there rather than pay rent. I await with interest comments on this topic from people who themselves live in comfortable homes, but consider a 3rd world standard bedsit to be good enough for others.

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