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Free houses or not Free houses ... "tenants" to be sued



  • Posts: 0 ✭✭✭ Roy Miniature Textbook

    I'm sure these tenants are paragons of virtue in other aspects of life: what fraction if any own a TV Licence?

    How many times is the same Netflix password shared I wonder between them?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12 JuanGreen

    I guess we don't have to imagine it... This is the world we live in.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,660 ✭✭✭ saabsaab

    There should be no way it could get that far.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,625 ✭✭✭✭ zell12

    Only 10% of income is rent? I thought it was closer to 20%. SDCC must be one of the cheapest accommodation providers in the State

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭ Gant21

    The dole and council houses money tree badly needs pruning.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,806 ✭✭✭✭ Geuze

    The main reason for arrears is extra income in the household not being declared, or being declared years later, and then the differential rent is adjusted upwards.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,670 ✭✭✭✭ rob316

    Na the main reason is they just don't want to pay it. The council's are unbelievably reasonable if you get into arrears, they'll put you into generous repayment plans provided you engage and stick to them.

  • For information on how rent is calculated in SDCC.

    South Dublin County Council Differential Rent Scheme 2021 (opens as PDF).

    I do think Differential Rent Schemes across local authorities need to be standardised.

  • I think getting people to pay what they owe should be the first priority.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,400 ✭✭✭ Gusser09

    Amazing that it cant be deducted from welfare payments. Madness. Zero point taling it to court. Just start deducting it source including arrears.

  • I don't disagree, and they should have a robust method of collecting arrears.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭ Gant21

  • Social Welfare recipients can sign up voluntarily to have their rent paid automatically, (The Household Budget Scheme) but the issue is those who don't pay.

    There's a whole quagmire of legal complications around debt - and I don't have the links to hand but in a nutshell, social welfare is considered a substistance level of income, and if the State were to take involuntary deductions from social welfare payments, it could put someone below the level of income they need to sustain themselves - so they won't do that without a court order.

    Getting a court order is another story.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,675 ✭✭✭✭ Mrs OBumble

    As for evictions for non-payment, all it takes is for one eviction order to be followed by a (non-paying) tenant suicide, and no judge has the balls to evict again for years.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,955 ✭✭✭ handlemaster

    What chance do landlords have when this can go on with a public body with all the resources at its disposal.

    The annoying thing is the little rent that is to paid month on month most likely is also tax payer money

  • Registered Users Posts: 497 ✭✭ PalLimerick

    A lot of bitter Brendans and bitter brendas in here. I repeat again, there is no such thing as free houses. Again, there is no such thing as free houses, no matter how much certain People spout it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,955 ✭✭✭ handlemaster

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,623 ✭✭✭ jrosen

    It should be deducted at source, perhaps not at first but if there is rent not being paid rather than wait and allow the debt to rise the local authority should be more proactive in tackling the non payment.

    I work with a girl on lone parents living in an apt, I think HAP. Anyway she pays 100 per week towards her rent out of her lone parents payment and its deducted at source.