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Ellis condemns practice of tenants paying for council shortfall

29 January, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has condemned a move by Limerick Council to add a charge of about 87 euro to the rent of its tenants in order to recoup the cost of the Local Property tax. Earlier this month, Limerick Council decided to make up the cost of the Property Tax they are forced to pay on their social housing stock by levelling the charge on their tenants through their rents.

Deputy Ellis said:

"Aside from the problem that Local Authorities are being taxed for providing social housing, it is totalling unacceptable for Limerick Council or any other council to pass on this charge to its tenants.”

“Social housing tenants have been some of the worst effected by austerity which has eroded the vital public services and social protections they rely on. After years of these kinds of cuts it is not fair or reasonable to put another charge on them for living in social housing. No other tenants can legally be charged for the Local Property Tax on the home they rent. This is clearly stated to be what the council are doing and they cannot be allowed to sneak this through by raising rent levels.”

“After years of cuts to funding for local authorities much of their housing stock has not been kept maintained to a level which is adequate and certainly not a level which would warrant or excuse an increase in rent. The council should abandon this plan and I call on the Minister to instruct councils to abandon any plans to act similarly to Limerick Council.”

“I also call on the Minister to end to process of taxing councils for providing housing through the LPT." 

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