More than 140 rented properties in just one area of Cork City are not registered with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) leaving tenants unprotected, the Dáil has heard.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said there is a “real problem” around the number of landlords who are not registering their properties, which is a legal requirement.
The issue was raised by Cork North-Central TD Colm Burke who hit out at the low number of inspections and prosecutions.
He said that in 2016 a total of 29 people were prosecuted for not having their properties registered. However, this dropped to just 10 last year.
“In the area in my constituency around UCC, a survey done by the residents association there who examined the records of 242 properties found 142 of the properties, which had tenants in them, were not registered with the residential tenancy board,” Mr Burke told the Dáil.
Mr Burke asked the Tánaiste to take action
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