HOUSING Minister Darragh O’Brien wants people to share their experiences of defects relating to fire safety, structural safety and water ingress in apartment and duplex buildings constructed in Limerick between 1991 and 2013.
These experiences are sought by the Independent Working Group to Examine Defects in Housing established by Minister O’Brien last February.
Minister O’Brien was speaking following the publication by the working group of online survey portals for homeowners, landlords directors of management companies and property management agents.
Views are sought from people regardless of whether such defects in those properties in Limerick are currently known, unknown or where no such defects have arisen.
Encouraging as many people as possible to participate in the survey, Minister O’Brien said: “Understanding the experiences of those directly affected by fire safety, structural safety and water ingress defects in apartment and duplex buildings constructed in Limerick between 1991 and 2013 will help us understand the scale of the issue.
“We need to understand the full extent of legacy problems so that we can address them going forward.
“I encourage all those who own or manage purpose-built apartments or duplex buildings constructed in Limerick between 1991 and 2013, to complete these surveys – whether the property in question has defects or not, or if the presence of defects is not known.”
Acknowledging the Working Group’s work to date, the Minister added: “I look forward to receiving the Working Group’s report later this year and will give it my full consideration.”
The working group will use the survey to inform its report about fire safety, structural safety and water ingress defects; the difficulties that arise following the discovery of these defects as well as the costs and levies associated with the remediation of the defects.
The deadline for completing the surveys is Monday, March 14.
Separate surveys for each stakeholder group are available at https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/7e319-online-survey-in-relation-to-defects-in-apartment-and-duplex-buildings/