‘Tiny minority’ of Tipp council tenants damaging property

A tiny minority of council tenants were damaging their homes and being rewarded by getting bigger houses, a Nenagh Municipal District councillor has claimed.

A tiny minority of council tenants were damaging their homes and being rewarded by getting bigger houses, a Nenagh Municipal District councillor has claimed.

Cllr John Carroll told the council that while 98 per cent of the tenants were law abiding, a small number were “making life miserable for everybody. We are way too tolerant of these people.”

The Fianna Fail councillor said that where tenants damage houses, the money to repair them should be taken from social welfare payments if they are on benefits.

“Many people would give their right arm for a local authority house,” he said.

Cllr Seamus Morris said that where the HSE wsa providing money for tenants, they should also provide a liaison officer as back-up.

“If the HSE don’t come up with it, then we should write to the Department of the Environment to provide officers,” he said.

Director of operations for housing Claire Curley said when anti-social behaviour was brought to their attention they would like to think the staff would take a pro-active approach.

“We don’t tolerate damage to local authority houses. If damage is done and the tenants leave it goes on their arrears and they will not be allowed social housing until the arrears are cleared,” she said.