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Councils threatening to evict RAS tenants who can't pay water charges – Ellis

15 October, 2014 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has challenged the Minister for Environment to address the issue of Local Authorities issuing threats to RAS tenants who cannot pay the water charges.

He made his comments during a debate on budget measures, stating he had seen a letter sent to RAS tenants which said tenants would be jeopardising their tenancy if they did not pay the water charges.

Ellis said;

“I want to raise a very disturbing issue.

“I have in my possession a letter from Wicklow County Council to RAS tenants. It states that if a tenants does not pay the water charges they will be in breach of their tenancy and I quote ‘could jeopardise’ that tenancy.

“Is the Minister for Environment aware that Local Authorities are threatening RAS tenants with eviction if they do not pay the water charges.

“We have new families going homeless every week. RAS tenancies are already insecure due to rent rises and repossessions and now this. This council are threatening to throw people out on the street if they do not pay this unfair charge.

“The Minister must respond to this. It is an absolute disgrace and makes a mockery of claims that the government want to end the hardship of the low paid and unemployed. These people will not be paying water charges simply because they can’t.”


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