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KCC logoAlmost a third of private rental properties inspected by Kerry  County Council in 2014 failed.

The figures are contained in the latest National Oversight and Audit Commission report.

 

In 2014, 285,025 tenancies in private residential properties were registered nationally.

That year local authorities across the country inspected 15,080 properties including for the purpose of programmes such as the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS).

In Kerry, 7,156 properties were registered and the council set a target of 628 inspections but actually completed 710.

The average cost of an inspection which is carried out by two staff over 45 minutes is €145.

The council spent over €26,000 on HSE staff to carry out inspections.

Of the 710 properties inspected 32 per cent failed for standard non-compliances in terms of fire safety and ventilation including fire blankets, smoke alarms and extractor fans.

In 222 cases compliance was not achieved in follow up inspections.