Ten­ants face de­lay to reg­is­ter changes

The Argus - - NEWS -

COUN­CIL ten­ants are fac­ing a five month de­lay to reg­is­ter any changes to their in­come or cir­cum­stances,mem­bers heard at the Dun­dalk Mu­nic­i­pal meet­ing.

The de­lay meant that ten­ants could find them­selves in ‘se­ri­ous ar­rears’ which they strug­gle to re­pay.

Cllr. Maria Doyle said she had been con­tacted by a num­ber of peo­ple who said they had in­formed the lo­cal author­ity of changes to their in­come, as they had been told to do. But reg­is­ter­ing these changes was tak­ing ‘in ex­cess of five months.’

Cllr. Doyle said that she had been con­tin­u­ally rais­ing con­cerns about the mount­ing rent ar­rears owed to the lo­cal author­ity.

She added that she had writ­ten to the hous­ing sec­tion about the mat­ter, and re­ceived an email back con­firm­ing that it could take in ex­cess of five months for these changes to be reg­is­tered.

She ar­gued that this was ‘un­fair to ten­ants’ who had ‘ done as they were sup­posed to’ and in­formed the coun­cil of changes to their cir­cum­stances, which may sim­ply hav­ing been of­fered a few more hours work.

‘No won­der we are hav­ing huge prob­lems with rent ar­rears. Ten­ants are be­ing left in a sit­u­a­tion where they are then fac­ing hav­ing to re­pay. I feel we are be­ing short changed by Louth County Coun­cil, and we are let­ting ten­ants down. If we don’t deal with this now, we will never be able to.’

A coun­cil spokes­woman con­firmed there were lengthy de­lays, but added that staff were fac­ing a sig­nif­i­cant work­load to re­assess rents as ten­ants had not been declar­ing change of cir­cum­stances ‘some­times over years’.

Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices, Frank Pentony, asked that spe­cific cases raised by Cllr. Doyle be looked at as he ‘would be very sur­prised if all cases too five months.’

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