A group of residents living in defective apartments have called on the Government to bring in a full redress scheme.

The 'Not Our Fault' group wants costs covered for people who have to pay for works to fix defects found in the buildings they live in.

It says thousands of people have already had to pay out, and are calling for the Government to cover past and future costs.

The group says lax regulation led to people being sold homes which are not safe, and they are now being asked to pay tens of thousands of euros.

A report commissioned by the Government found there may be defects in up to 100,000 homes built between 1991 and 2013.

The campaign estimates that 95% of the people living in those apartments and duplexes do not know they are defective or dangerous and that they could be faced with large bills.

It is starting an awareness campaign with a meeting at the Plaza Hotel in Tallaght on 19 November.

Barbara Allen of the group says that their message to people is "you're not alone, there are people who have gone through what you're going through".

Fire safety issues

Residents of the Metropolitan Apartments in Kilmainham in Dublin are among the latest to find out that their homes do not meet fire safety standards.

Dublin Fire Brigade inspected the complex recently and found issues with the fire alarm systems and in particular with the carpark where bins were not properly stored.

The immediate outcome was the closure of the carpark which has left residents to find on-street parking.

There are a few free spaces nearby, but for the most part they have to pay and they have not been able to secure residents' permits from Dublin City Council. The cost of on-street parking may soon mount up as the months go on.

Remedial work cost

Homeowners in the complex have been asked to pay €5,000 for remedial work to the carpark and fire alarm systems. The cost of the work must be paid upfront. Some residents are prepared to do this, others are more hesitant as they do not know if they would get it back if there is a redress scheme for defective buildings.

The homeowners also fear there could be more enforcement action by Dublin Fire Brigade if the issues found are not addressed. They recognise the fire brigade must do its job to keep residents safe but worry about the effect on their day-to-day lives.

Michael who lives at the Metropolitan Apartments was at the meeting for 100% redress with residents of other developments.

"We're looking at levies for a fire alarm upgrade, and we've also been asked to look at a levy for construction first phase for carpark issues around bins, primarily in terms of them being safe," he said.

According to Michael, they been given a figure of €5,000 for that but they do not know what further works would be needed and how much that might cost.

Michael said a fire safety notice has been served on the complex and "as residents that is very hard to take".

He added that it could be April next year before the carpark reopens if residents agree to pay up now but they do not know if they could get support from council or Government or through a redress scheme.