Cork City Council is to spend up to €3.5m to hire a private company to carry out inspections of private rented dwellings in the city.
The local authority has issued a tender seeking a provider to inspect private rental accommodations to ensure they are compliant with minimum standards set out in the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019.
The contract is for a two-year period with a possible extension for a period of up to 12 months with a maximum of three such extensions. It follows on from a doubling of the number of inspectors by the council from three to six last year as part of measures to improve the rate of inspection of private rented dwellings.
The council noted that its administrative area grew nearly five times in size as a result of last year’s historic boundary extension which saw Cork City expand to include some area