South Dublin County Council tenants owe over €7m rent arrears

By Maurice Garvey

SOUTH Dublin County Council has outstanding social housing tenant arrears of over €7,800,000.

As of October 25, the level of rents outstanding was €7,876,937.

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South Dublin County Council

The council say this a reduction of over €240,848 since the start of the year when housing rent arrears were €8,117,785.

Councillors Francis Timmons (Ind) and David McManus (FG), asked the council for a report on housing arrears at the monthly meeting.

In response, the council said they have established a Debt Management Unit to work “constructively” with council tenants through various means “such as agreed repayment plans”.

The council said: “Over the past 10 months housing rent arrears have reduced by €240,848 or 3 per cent.

“Housing rent arrears are written off only as a last resort and once all possible debt collection options have been exhausted.”

They said the level of housing rent write-offs continue to decline, and this is usually done when houses are surrendered, abandoned, or when a tenant passes away.

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