Minimum Standards in Rented Accommodation Enforcement

Local authorities enforce minimum standards to ensure that landlords keep privately rented properties in good condition.

Carlow County Council carry out inspections of private rented accommodation to ensure that the minimum standards required are place in all private rented accommodation in accordance with the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019.

Minimum Standards

For each house let or available for letting, the landlord must ensure that the rental property is in a proper state of structural repair. This means that the landlord must maintain the property in a sound state, inside and out. Roofs, slates, windows, floors, ceilings, walls, stairs, doors, skirting boards, tiles on any floor, ceiling and wall, fascias, gutters, down pipes, fittings, gardens and common areas must be maintained in good condition and repair.

The landlord must ensure that all gas, oil and electricity installations are maintained in good repair, and safe working order and that every room has adequate ventilation and both natural and artificial lighting.

Suitable safety restrictors must be fitted to windows through which a person could fall.

The landlord must provide:

  • a water closet with a dedicated wash hand basin with hot and cold water
  • a separate room, for the exclusive use of each rented unit, with a toilet, a washbasin and a fixed bath or shower with hot and cold water
  • a fixed heating appliance in each room, which is capable of providing effective heating and which the tenant can control
  • where necessary, suitably located devices for the detection and alarm of carbon monoxide
  • facilities for cooking and for the hygienic storage of food including, a 4-ring hob with oven and grill, fridge-freezer and microwave oven
  • access to a washing machine
  • access to a clothes-dryer if the rented unit does not have a private garden or yard
  • a smoke alarm and fire blanket
  • access to vermin-proof and pest-proof refuse storage facilities.
  • In multi-unit buildings, the landlord must provide each unit with a mains-wired smoke alarm, a fire blanket, and an emergency evacuation plan.
  • There must also be emergency lighting in common areas.


For full details of rented accommodation requirements, please refer to the Regulations.

The Guidelines for Housing Authorities - Minimum Standards in Rented Accommodation outlines the main features.

For general queries, contact 059-9136296 or email

Queries in relation to standards policy and legislation can be sent to


Local Authority, Housing Body and Private Rental Long-Term Leases

Alternative requirements apply in respect of laundry, food preparation and storage facilities for local authority tenancies, approved housing body tenancies and private residential tenancy agreements with a minimum lease period of 10 years. In such cases the landlord need only provide:

  • facilities for the installation of cooking equipment
  • a sink, with a piped supply of potable cold water taken directly from the service pipe supplying water from the public main or other source to the building containing the house and a facility for the piped supply of hot water, and an adequate draining area
  • suitable facilities for the effective and safe removal of fumes to the external air by means of a cooker hood or extractor fan
  • suitable and adequate number of kitchen presses for food storage purposes.
  • If you are a local authority tenant or housing association tenant and you think that your rented property does not comply with the standards, you can make a complaint to your local authority.

If there is a maintenance issue with your accommodation please contact 059-9136296 or email

If you are in a property operated by an Approved Housing Body and there is a maintenance issue please contact the Housing Body directly.