Landlords do not have legal right to collect water charges
Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has said that ‘private sector landlords do not have the right to demand payment of water charges from their tenants.’ A number of tenants in the Clondalkin area have received letters from their landlords saying that they should pay their water charges to the landlord.
Cllr Ó Broin is advising tenants who receive such letters to contact Threshold immediately.
Cllr Ó Broin said:
‘I have been contacted by a number of tenants in Clondalkin who have received letters from their landlords asking them to pay their water charges to the landlord.
‘I have spoken to the Department of Environment and the legal position is very clear. Landlords do not have the right to ask tenants for their water charges.
‘The Government is soon to publish legislation dealing with the collection of unpaid water charges.
‘Until this legislation is published private sector landlords have no obligations with respect to their tenant’s water charges and should not be asking tenants to pay them for unpaid water charges.
‘Any tenant who received such a letter should contact Threshold immediately on 1890 334 334.’