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O’Leary: Tackle ‘neighbours from hell’

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:54pm

Calls have been made for Cork City Council housing tenants to be given a probationary period when they move in.

The call came because of what has been described as “neighbours from hell” across the city with issues ranging from a build-up of rubbish in back gardens, loud music and parties in the early hours of the morning.

It comes amid councillors recently being given an anti-social behaviour report on 2018 where it showed that there were 107 new cases during that year.

102 interviews were conducted, 47 verbal warnings were given and 22 were given their first written warning. No one was evicted but there was five cases of a surrender of tenancy and 19 cases were closed as well as one court order in November 2018.

Sinn Fein’s Chris O’Leary said the City Hall officials need to bring in regulation whereby there are consequences for council tenants who behave badly. He also said the council need to clamp down on the tenants who are sub-letting out the house they are in.

He told the Cork Independent: “95 per cent of council’s tenants are brilliant but it’s that five per cent that are making life hell for their neighbours. This is about the neighbours from hell not just in my ward but across Cork city. It’s not about barring people from having a house, it’s about knowing that there are ways to deal with these issues. It’s about having a probation period, so we don’t end up in court.”

He said that this would be for 12 months for all tenants and, while good tenants have nothing to worry about, it gives the council a chance to extend the probation period for tenants who behave badly and for them to be told that if they continue to behave that way their tenancy will be terminated.

“If the private sector can do it, why can’t we?” he added.

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