There are calls for the housing department within Kerry County Council to ensure landlords carry out necessary repairs.
Independent councillor Donal Grady raised the issue at this week’s meeting of Killarney Municipal District.
He says some landlords are refusing to carry out essential repairs, and that some tenants are being threatened with eviction if they complain.
Cllr Donal Grady, who is a landlord himself, says he has seen rat droppings in some homes, while there is water seeping from the roof in others.
As well as ensuring repairs are carried out, Cllr Grady wants the MD to ensure the council’s housing department also carries out inspections every six months.
The council says there is no excuse for poor standards, adding it won’t be tolerated. Its housing department has a dedicated private rental inspection unit which carries out planned inspections of properties registered with the Rental Tenancy Board to ensure compliance with and to enforce the Housing Regulations 2019.
There are 8,000 tenancies in Kerry and targets set by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government requires the council to inspect 15% of these in 2019. That requirement rises to 20% in 2020 and 25% in 2021.
The council says tenants can lodge complaints with the Inspectors Unit if they feel the minimum standard regulations are not being compiled with.