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tenant purchase scheme 2011
Who is eligible to purchase? This scheme only applies to local authority tenants of more than 10 years standing. Is there a closing date? This is a fixed-term scheme under which applications may only be accepted up to 31st December 2011. The Sale of Property will have to be finalised by 31st of December 2012 as the scheme will expire on that date. Contact 091 509264 for further information. (pdf, 200 kbs, Last Updated: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:49:00 BST)
Rental Accommodation Standards
Private rented housing On the 1st of February, 2013, Articles 6, 7 and 8 of the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 will come into effect for all residential rented accommodation. This will mean that all rental accommodation must have its own separate sanitary facilities. In addition, updated requirements in relation to heating and facilities for cooking, food storage and laundry will apply to rented accommodation. A summary of these articles' requirements is set out below. •Sanitary facilities - Article 6 All rental accommodation must have a separate room, contained within the rented dwelling, with a toilet, wash basin and a fixed bath or shower with hot and cold water facilities. •Heating facilities - Article 7 All habitable rooms must contain a fixed appliance capable of providing effective heating and the tenant must be able to control the operation of such an appliance. •Food preparation and storage and laundry – Article 8 Each rented dwelling must have adequate facilities for the hygienic storage, preparation and cooking of food and access to a washing machine and dryer. Responsibility for enforcement of these standards rests with the local authorities. The penalties for non-compliance with the regulations is a fine of €5,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both, and the fine for each day of a continuing offense is €400. Further details on the standards for rented houses are available at www.environ.ie or enquiries may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (txt, 378 kbs, Last Updated: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:54:00 GMT)