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Fingal Co Co owned property being privately rented out by Management Company is scandalous-Cllr Paul Donnelly

17 July, 2015 - by Paul Donnelly

 Dublin West Sinn Féin representative Paul Donnelly has called on Fingal County Council to end its policy of renting out 162 “affordable housing units” to the private market through a private management company in the Parnell estate in Mulhuddart.

 Cllr Donnelly said:

 “I have raised this question recently and was dismayed to receive a totally inadequate reply.

“Fingal County Council has basically admitted that it is renting out state controlled housing units through a private management company in the Parnell estate in Mulhuddart”.

“The local authority on the one side in terms of the housing crisis has 100 families in emergency housing accommodation costing thousands per family each month and on the other, the council through a private management company”.

“What is an absolute disgrace is that we have families desperately looking for rented accommodation and being forced into homelessness due to the fact that they can’t find affordable rented accommodation yet the council have 162 properties under their direct control”.

“What we find now is a situation where they are deliberately blocked from accessing these housing units by the private management company who specifically ban applications from tenants who are on rent supplement”.

"I have spoken to residents who have told me this directly”.

“They are also blocked from accessing this accommodation because the rent is pitched at “market rates”, we all know that this is way beyond the cap imposed by the DSP and therefore excludes anyone on Rent Supplement, I find this appalling”.

“I am calling on Fingal County Council to immediately take control of the former affordable housing units, to discharge the private management company, reduce the rent being charged to allow tenants on rent supplement and to stop the privatising of council owned housing units”.

“I will be bringing forward a motion to this effect if there is not a confirmation on this before the September meeting”.

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