MINISTER Phil Hogan must provide legislation to provide new powers to allow for the eviction of “unruly and unsociable tenants” from their private rented accomadation,
Portlaoise’s Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald who put forward a notice of motion at the monthly meeting of Laois County Council.
“I have been getting numerous complaints about unruly neighbours, loud music, rows and carry on.
“People who are working and have mortgages have no protection. There needs to be a register of owners of houses. It takes such a long time to get the problem sorted, we have to get this done and done soon.” she said.
Cllr John Moran supported the motion. “It is disgraceful the way people carry on with no regard for neighbours,” said the Fine Gael councillor.
Cllr Alan Hand added that a lot of large housing estates have between 500 and 800 houses.
“The community spirit has broken down and this is a small contributory factor. There is a mish mash of cultures and people, and we need to watch density in estates,” said the Sinn Fein councillor.
Cllr John Joe Fennelly, Fianna Fáil, said that when somebody privately owns a house in a council housing estate there is no way of dealing with it.
“There is one house in Mountrath with a horse feeding in the garden and there are genuine neighbours who can’t get answers. This is not local authority housing. There are so many houses and they are not prepared to vet tenants”, added Cllr Brendan Phelan. Cllr John King (FG) also supported the motion.
“When the new estates were built there were speculators buying houses with no intention to live there and they don’t care who they put into them,” he said.