Threat of eviction looms over Waterford families in rent arrears: Council CEO warns
Tenant who do not pay rent to Waterford City and County Council for their social housing could face eviction, the local authority CEO has warned.
This week it emerged has emerged that 22% of people in Waterford local authority housing have not been paying their rent.
Now the council has warned it will be forced to take action to tackle the problem, which is leaving a dent in the local authority’s budget.
At a council meeting this week, CEO Michael Walsh told councillors they are moving towards a situation where the local authority will have no option but to evict some tenants if they continually refuse to pay their rent.
It has emerged the local authority has already evicted a small number of tenants over the past few years who failed to pay their rent. However, Mr Walsh stressed the number of evictions has been very low.
Waterford City and County Council has stressed it will take each arrears case on its own merits, but he could ramp up evictions in cases where there is no progress.
Other policies such as carrying out only emergency maintenance on properties in arrears are already in place.
WaterfordNow.ie has contacted Waterford City and County Council for comment.