LOCAL AUTHORITIES BREAKING THE LAW BY NOT INSPECTING NEW BUILDS: UP TO 100% OF PRIVATE RENTED PROPERTIES FAIL TO MEET REQUIRED STANDARDS

The National Oversight & Audit Commission (NOAC)is a statutory body established by Ministerial order to scrutinise the performance of county councils and local authorities.
 
Last week NOAC published its annual report for 2020.
We are in the midst of the mica debacle that is causing unimaginable suffering for the thousands of families involved.
 
The problem was caused by the failure of local authorities like Donegal Co Council to carry out adequate inspections on the manufacturers of the defective blocks.
The taxpayer is now facing a compensation bill that will end up costing billions of euro. 
Only a quarter of the new houses built in 2020 were inspected by the local authority.
 
Only 2% of the new builds in Co. Longford were inspected by Longford County Council. The statutory requirement is that an inspection is carried out on a minimum of 15% of newbuilds.
 
Only 6.73% of private registered tenancies were inspected in 2020 a decrease on the 9.93% recorded in 2019.
South Dublin County inspected the largest amount of rented dwellings in 2020 with 2,987, while Carlow inspected the least with 113.
 
Laois, Galway City, Waterford, Kilkenny, Cavan and Carlow recorded that 100% of inspected dwellings in 2020 were found not compliant with the Standards Regulations.
 
Only two council areas had failure rates below 50 per cent: Cavan and Wicklow. They were the only two counties that had more than half of the private rented properties compliant with the minimum standards (18 per cent and 9 per cent respectively).
 
Vacant Council Houses
In relation to an occupied local authority houses, the  total number of vacant dwellings at the end of 2020 was 4,467 vacancies compared to the 2019 figure of 4,365 an increase of 2.34%.
 
The national average re-letting time from the date the tenant vacated the dwelling to the date of the first rent debit in 2020 was 32.69 weeks.
 
The longest average re-letting time was recorded by Cork City at 85.08 weeks and the shortest at 15.17 weeks by Dublin City.
 
Homelessness…
The number of adults in emergency accommodation that are long-term homeless (as a percentage of the total number of homeless adults in emergency accommodation) dropped significantly from the 2019 figure of 61.59% to 27.62% in 2020.
Cavan County Council dropped from 100% to 0%.