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Council says it will tackle bad tenants

DUBLIN City Council has produced a draft antisocial behaviour plan as it bids to crack down troublesome tenants.

Among the provisions in the document is a commitment to investigate all complaints within 10 working days.

In addition, problem tenants who have been the subject of an order excluding them from a council property "will not be considered for rehousing for a period of two years".

The period could be longer or shorter, depending on whether the council is satisfied the person is "capable of living .... in the community without engaging in (antisocial behaviour)".

The document also states housing officials "will consider with extreme care" the use of transfers to resolve neighbourhood difficulties.

This is because "transferring perpetrators to what might be considered better accommodation could be seen as rewarding them for their behaviour while transferring a victim could give the impression that they are being punished".

Local authority bosses have also committed to compiling and collating monthly statistics.

The information will include statistics showing the number of antisocial behaviour relating to drugs, the number of live case files at end of year, the number of case files closed throughout the year and the number of evictions.



Complaints

"These figures will help to show trends, they will show if complaints are increasing or decreasing, they will assist in deciding where dedicated staff should be deployed and they will indicate performance and the success or otherwise the antisocial behaviour service is achieving," the report stated.

In its statement of policy, the council said it is "very conscious of the problems caused by antisocial behaviour and the effect such behaviour can have on persons in dwellings and estates under its control".

"For this reason, Dublin City Council will not tolerate antisocial behaviour and is committed ... that conditions for the peaceful occupation of dwellings within its area of responsibility will prevail without disruption," it stated.

The strategy was "developed through consultation with An Garda Siochana, the Health Service Executive, the Joint Policing Committee" and will be implemented by applying the policies and procedures contained in the document.

It has been presented for debate before the council's Housing, Social and Community Affairs committee.

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