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Most houses divided into flats 'illegal'

ALMOST three quarters of landlords who split their houses into multiple flats did so "illegally", according to a survey for Dublin City Council.

Landlords are using the protection of a 50-year-old law to keep tenants in accommodation that does not meet modern standards. But only a quarter of them are entitled to this, the survey claims.

Less than one-in-10 flats surveyed by the city council have ever been the subject of a planning application. And, according to the survey – by Paul Kelly of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland for the city council – these applications mainly related to TV satellite dishes.