Dundalk Town Council have released a fresh statement today regarding the issue of rent irrgularities that they are currently investigating.
The council have also stated that they have drafted in the help of Drogheda Borough Council.
Speaking on behalf of Dundalk Town Council, Paddy Donnelly said: “The local authority did on weeks commencing 3rd & 10th February issue rent statements to all local authority tenants. On foot of the statements being issued a minimum number of queries were received and none were in regard to the accuracy of the account balance.
“Follow up actions by staff realised an anomaly in a particular account statement. This is now the matter of an internal investigation and the matter has, as is the local authority’s statutory obligation been notified to the An Garda Síochána. The particular tenant identified as having issues with their account balance together with other tenants in the specific area of Dundalk have been met by senior members of the housing team and have been assured that they will not be adversely affected in anyway.
“Any tenant, who feels they have an issue in Dundalk, should in the first instance, contact the Housing Office, in County Hall Dundalk. They may do so by phone at 1890 202 303 and ask for rents. This can also be facilitated by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff in this area have been briefed and are ready and willing to offer any assistance.
“The local authorities’ original statement in this matter was supported by the local authority putting in place additional resources to manage queries in respect of rent account balances. The local authority received a minimum number of enquiries numbering less than five all of which were managed to the satisfaction of the tenants concerned.
“The unsubstantiated comments by individuals on a range of media are certainly not the experience of the local authority housing teams who would have robust professional relationships with the authorities housing tenants.
“In concluding commentators on this matter should be mindful of the local authorities’ responsibility not only to the tenants which is foremost but we must also ensure that fair and due process is exercised for all the stakeholders involved.”