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Standards in private rented accommodation

The Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Michael Finneran, gave details to Richard Bruton (FG, Dublin NC) of the inspection activity of the local authorities in standards in private rented accommodation (Dail Eireann, Debates, 19th January 2011, 196-7).  The minister of state told him that funding for inspection and enforcing the regulations rose from €1.5m in 2005 to €4m in 2009 and was €5.6m in 2010, making for a total allocation of €20m since 2004.  Inspections rose 300%, from 6,815 to 19,801 over 2005-9.