‘We probably need some evictions’ - these are the words of Louth County Director of Services, Frank Pentony, who this week called for the tenants who aren’t paying rent to be removed from their homes.
Mr Pentony was speaking at this week’s meeting of Dundalk Municipal District.
“The Council has not evicted any tenant in over 20 years,” Mr Pentony told the meeting.
“We probably need some evictions. I am not convinced that not all tenants cannot pay.
“There are also people who just won’t pay. The non payment of rent affects the councils cash flow.”
Mr Pentony outlined that he believes the council have been left with no other choice.
“It is a Catch-22 for the council.
“We have an obligation to provide social housing, but we also need to collect the rent.”
Most of the councillors agreed that it is a situation that is not sustainable, and a number of solutions were put forward.
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