Letting a property in Ireland is a good source of income if you have an idle property. However, this endeavour isn’t an easy one, especially for landlords. There are various tasks you need to perform to reap the financial benefits of this venture.
Contrary to popular belief, renting out a property is not as straightforward as posting a “house for let” ad. Before you can do this, the house should meet government standards before it can be rented out.
For one, the property needs to be in good condition. It has to comply with the requirements set by the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB). To be more specific, it must meet what is stated in the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017 and Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019.
Read on to find out the quality of the property (its state and what it should have) you need to provide for the government to allow you to enter the letting business.
A Rental Property that’s in Good Condition
As a private landlord, your primary obligation is to ensure that the house you are offering for rent is in a sound state.
All foundational parts like the walls, floors, roofs and windows should be in good condition. Even the house parts which aren’t usually noticed such as the downpipes, fittings and gutters also need to be in tiptop shape.
The home’s interior and exterior must be free from damages or defects, particularly the types which can endanger the safety of the tenants. For example, the house must not have damp. The presence of damp can compromise the structural integrity of the property and cause health problems for the inhabitants.
It is also imperative that all electric, gas and water installations are working optimally. More importantly, they should be safe to use.
All rooms should have adequate lighting, both from natural sources. In addition, all the rooms must be properly ventilated.
Other Property-Related Things Landlords Should Provide
It is not enough that your property is in a good state though. You also need to provide appliances and other stuff for the government to legally allow you to let your house.
Below are some of the things your rental property should have according to the 2017 Housing Standards:
Landlords in Ireland like you should provide adequate equipment for food preparation and storage. This means that the cooking area should have a sink that supplies hot water and cold potable water. There also needs to be sufficient kitchen cupboards.
In terms of cooking appliances, the kitchen should be equipped with a cooker hood, microwave and a 4-ring hob with oven and grill. You are also required to provide a freezer and fridge.
The house must also have laundry equipment, specifically a washing machine and a clothes dryer.
You also have to ensure that each room should have a controllable heating appliance. In addition, fire detection and alarm system must be installed in the property.
For garbage disposal, rental property owners should provide access to pest-free and vermin-free refuse storage facilities.
2019 Additional Requirements
In 2019, the RTB added more requirements that landlords have to meet before they can let their homes.
One of the noteworthy additions is the mandatory installation of a carbon monoxide alarm in key places in the house. This is highly important because at least 40 people die each year in Ireland because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Since this toxic gas is odourless, it can be difficult to detect without an alarm.
You also need to put properly functioning and well-maintained heater in the bath or shower area. Furthermore, you have to ensure that this room is ventilated.
Lastly, under the 2019 Regulations, windows situated at a certain height must be fitted with safety restrictors.
In summary, as a landlord, you need to provide your tenant with a fully liveable space. You have to ensure that your property is in excellent condition before renting it out. Furthermore, throughout the course of the tenancy, you have to see to it that it is in a good state.
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