Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Council Should Review Letting Policy - O'Brien

Council Should Review Letting Policy - O'Brien

Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O'Brien has said Cork City Council should review its letting policy. He was commenting in the wake of incidents of anti-social behaviour invovling two families at Mount St Joseph's Heights, Baker's Hill, at the weekend.

Deputy O'Brien said:

"A number of people have contacted my office as well as my colleague, Cllr Mick Nugent, to express their concern at the serious anti-social behaviour which occured in Mount St.Joseph's at the weekend. I have been in contact with Cork City Council and the local Gardai in relation to the matter and they have assured me they are making every effort to ensure the situation does not recur."

"While Cork City Council has been pro-active over the past number of years in taking steps to deal with anti-social behaviour by tenants, I believe it may now be time to go further and review letting policies."

"The council should give consideration to placing new tenants on short-term letting agreements or inserting a probationary clause under which a new letting agremeent would lapse if tenants were found to engage in anti-social behaviour within a certain period of the lease being signed. Once tenants had been in occupation for a period of time without disturbance, they could move to a longer-term lease."

"Measures such as these would potentially strengthen the council's hand considerably in dealing with problem tenants."

For further comment or information contact Deputy Jonathan O'Brien @ 085-2133907

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