Housing Act, 1966

Bye-laws in relation to rented houses.

70.—(1) A housing authority shall, in relation to houses let for rent or other valuable consideration, make bye-laws for the following purposes:

(a) to ensure the provision as respects the house of proper drainage, ventilation and lighting;

(b) to ensure the execution of any repairs necessary to maintain the structure of the house;

(c) to ensure provision in the house of such closet accommodation, water supplies, washing accommodation and accommodation for the storage, preparation and cooking of food, as shall be adequate for the use of and shall be readily accessible to each family occupying the house;

(d) to ensure that there is maintained as respects the house an adequate standard of cleanliness.

(2) A person who contravenes a bye-law under this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-five pounds and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a fine not exceeding five pounds for each day on which the offence is continued.

(3) If in relation to a house the requirements of any bye-law made under this section have not been complied with in any respect, the housing authority may, at any time after giving not less than twenty-one days' notice in writing to the owner of the house, do anything necessary to comply with the requirements of the bye-law and for that purpose the authority, their servants or agents may enter on any land.

(4) The provisions of sections 221 and 223 of the Public Health (Ireland) Act, 1878, shall apply to bye-laws made under this section in the same manner as they apply to bye-laws made under that Act.

(5) In case bye-laws made under section 20 of the Housing (Ireland) Act, 1919 , are in force in the area of a housing authority in respect of any matter mentioned in paragraph (a), (b), (c) or (d) of subsection (1) of this section, the obligation of the authority under the said subsection (1) shall, for so long as such bye-laws remain in force, not have effect.