Housing Standards

Articles 6, 7 and 8 of the Housing (standards for rented houses) Regulations 2008SI number 534 of 2008 is to come into operation from the 1st of February 2013.  These articles will affect houses which had been subdivided into bedsitters prior to the introduction of the 1963 Planning Act (and also as a consequence of the introduction of the Housing Standards for Rented Housing Regulations 2008 and 2009 all rented housing)

Articles 6, 7 and 8 which came into affect on the 1st of February 2013 are as follows:

1.    Sanitary Facilities
Article 6 (1):     There shall be provided within the habitable area of the house for the exclusive use of the house
a. A water closet with dedicated wash hand basin adjacent thereto with a continuous supply of cold water and a facility for the piped supply of hot water and
b. A fixed bath or shower with continuous supply of cold water and a facility for the piped supply of hot water

Article 6 (2): The requirements of sub article (1) shall
a.    Be maintained in good working order
b.    Have safe and effective means of drainage
c.    Be properly insulated and secured
d.    Have minimum capacity requirements for hot and cold water storage facilities
e.    Be provided in a room separated from other rooms by a wall and a door containing separate ventilation

2.    Heating Facilities
Article 7 (1): Every room used or intended for use by the tenant of the house as a habitable room shall contain:
a. A permanently fixed appliance or appliances capable of providing effective heating.
b. Suitable and adequate facilities for the safe and effective removal of fumes and other products of combustion to the external air.
c. The operation of any appliance referred to in sub article (1) (a) shall be capable of being in dependably manageable by the tenant.

3.    Food preparation and storage and laundry
Article 8(1):  Notwithstanding article 4 this article shall not apply where the house is let by a housing authority under Section 56 of the housing act 1966 (as amended) or by a housing body approved under Section 6 of the housing and miscellaneous provisions act 1992.

Article 8(2): Subject to sub article 1 there shall be provided within the habitable are of the house for the exclusive use of the house:
a. Four ring hob with oven and grill
b. Suitable facilities for the effective and safe removal of fumes to the external air by means of a cooker hood or extractor fan.
c. Fridge and Freezer or fridge/freezer
d. Microwave oven
e. Sink with a piped supply of cold water taken direct from the service pipe supplying water from the public main or other source to the building containing the house and the facility for the piped supply of hot water and an adequate draining area.
f. Suitable and adequate number of kitchen presses for food storage purposes.
g. Washing machine or access to a communal washing machine facility within the curtilage of the building
h. Where the house does not contain a garden or yard for the exclusive use of that house, a dryer (vented or recirculation type).
Article 8(3): All facilities under sub article 2 shall be maintained in good working order and good repair.
Article 8(4): Responsibility for maintenance of facilities under sub article 2 shall rest with the Landlord.

About John Whelan Solicitor

John Whelan Solicitor is Owner and Principal of Matthew MacNamara & Son Solicitors in Cashel, Co Tipperary, Ireland. John P Whelan, solicitor, obtained a BCL Degree from University College Cork and has been the principal since 1990.