Saturday 7 December 2019

Huge rent rises on way for tenants

Sorcha Crowley

County Council tenants are facing huge rises in their weekly rents.

At Monday's annual budget meeting of the council it was revealed that the ceiling of €70 a week for a house would be abolished

Rent hikes was one of the main provisions of the budget presented on Monday which the Council predicts will bring in an extra 230,000.

Officials said the extra revenue would be spent directly on Housing Maintenance.

Director of Services for Housing Bartley Gavin said that the minimum rent paid by tenants would increase slightly by three euro a week, (€156 a year) while those whose rent was capped at seventy euro could see their rent rise by up to €30 a week.

"No matter what the household income was, the rent didn't go up - that will change," said Mr Gavin.

The proposed changes weren't adopted as Fianna Fáil were the only party to vote for the budget.

The council will meet again next Monday to try to pass it.

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