When question of rents was discussed at Laois County Council on Monday, the chairman, Mr JF Gill stated that they were fully conscious of the disadvantages of graded rents which often fall on some tenants in bad times.
Still and withal, said Mr Gill, it is probably the best system. In the present circumstances it would be wiser to wait to see what new regulations might be brought to force.
Deputy OJ Flanagan said that the matter had been adjourned at the last meeting. The council had not at anytime authorised any changes as far as the Portlaoise, Mountmellick and The Heath housing schemes were concerned. In the meantime the Minister had made a statement about recasting the complete housing policy for the whole country. At the present time it was not very clear, but they were to understand that some big changes might be made. In the three schemes mentioned, proposals had been made about the revision of rents every six months.
In that respect, the deputy thought that they would be playing with fire. A meeting of the tenants had been called and definite decisions had been agreed upon. The proposals made by the county manager were opposed and it was unanimously agreed that they await developments as a result of the statement recently made by the Minister.
Deputy Flanagan proposed adjourning the matter indefinitely. If they were to review every few months, there would be nothing but endless confusion.