Inspections

Limerick City and County Council is dedicated to improving the living standards of tenants in private rented housing. This is done through the inspection of private rented properties.

This section provides a countywide service, which deals with housing standards for private rented houses. However If a tenant is experiencing an issue in their property, they must always report it to the landlord in the first instance, before reporting the matter to Limerick City and County Council.


Housing Standards

The main objective of Housing Standards Regulations are to establish minimum standards in order to protect the health and well being of tenants and which makes private rented houses safe and fit for habitation.

Landlords are legally obliged to ensure that their private rented houses (which include a house, flat or an apartment) are maintained in good condition and repair and comply with the Regulations while let and while available for letting. Landlords failing to comply with their legal obligations in private rented houses are liable to be prosecuted, and on conviction, may be subject to a fine or imprisonment or both.

The following are covered in detail under the housing standards legislation and the technical guide document:

  • Structural Condition
  • Sanitary Facilities
  • Heating Facilities
  • Food Preparation and Storage and Laundry
  • Ventilation
  • Lighting
  • Fire Safety
  • Refuse
  • Electricity and Gas
  • Dealing with Complaints
     

Prohibition Notices

A Prohibition Notice is served when the housing authority is of the opinion that a landlord has failed to comply with an Improvement Notice served on them and will be published on www.limerick.ie for public viewing.


Useful Links

  • The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government : - www.housing.gov.ie
  • Residential Tenancies Board - www.rtb.ie
  • Threshold - National Housing Organisation - www.threshold.ie
  • Guide to Minimum Standards in Rental Accommodation September 2017, click here
  • S.I. No. 137/2019 - Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019, click here

Download the latest documents

This service is provided by

Housing Support Services Department

Phone +353 61 556000
Location
Limerick City and County Council, Merchant's Quay, Limerick, V94 EH90