FORTY landlords with 200 properties have been contacted by Gardaí, City Hall and the HSE following a spate of 'lockdown parties' that have angered local residents in college areas of Cork.
A letter to landlords was signed by a public health specialist, a Chief Superintendent, and the Chief Executive of Cork City Council.
The Magazine Road Residents and Surrounding Areas Association has welcomed the decision of authorities to directly engage with landlords.
The residents in the area are calling for the licensing of landlords as a matter of urgency. They want a 'landlord NCT system' to be implemented immediately.
Residents are concerned after a weekend of yet more Covid-19 lockdown parties in the area.
Catherine Clancy of the Magazine Road said: “Following our meetings earlier this week with the Gardai, City Council and the HSE, we welcome the statement, which makes it blatantly obvious that that the current legislation on the management and upkeep of rented properties is minimal, outdated and in urgent need of change to make it relevant to 2020.
"No community should be left at the mercy of the personality of the landlord. We are calling for the licensing of landlords.
"There should be something along the lines of an NCT for rented properties where there is certain criteria to be checked and approved before they can be rented out.
"This needs to be a top priority for our legislators and most especially our new Government.
"Landlords who consistently abuse local regulations and facilitate the antisocial behaviour of tenants with respect to the community must face substantial fines.
“We need action now. Many residents in the area had another weekend of having to listen to music and shouting into the early hours of the morning. This is not fair and we need this to end now.”