Brian Stanley TD highlights another anomaly in Water Charges Debacle
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley has highlighted what he claims is another anomaly in the increasing confusion regarding the issue of water charges. In his speech on measures announced in the Budget on water charges relief, Deputy Stanley drew attention to a statement by Irish Water which says that if a private tenant does not return their form that their landlord will be expected to pay the bill for water. A later communication from the company said that will not be the case.
Deputy Stanley said: “Another issue that has arisen today is that when contacted regarding private tenants who do not return their form to Irish Water, that Irish Water stated that they will bill the landlord. Another spokesperson later said that they will bill the tenant.
“Can the Minister confirm which is the case, and if so how this will work in practise. Will a private landlord then be allowed add the water charge to a tenant’s rent? Will the same apply to local authority tenants? If a local authority tenant does not return their form will the local authority then be expected to pay the charge? And as with private landlords, will they then be able to add the water charge to the tenant’s rent?
“When contacted later Irish Water confirmed the original tweets, but said that it was not their policy to charge landlords! What this latest confusion and crossed wires and false information again confirm is that the whole issue of the establishment of Irish water and the imposition of water charges has turned into a debacle.”