Kildare social housing rents are set to rise

People renting houses from Kildare County Council and other local authorities in the county are likely to be facing rises in their rents.

People renting houses from Kildare County Council and other local authorities in the county are likely to be facing rises in their rents.

The rises may not be that high but county councillors have been told that average social rents in the county are lower than the State average.

At the 30 September meeting of the Council in Naas, Director of Services for Housing, Peter Minnock, said the Council has been asked to ensure it’s social housing rents are on par with those around the State.

A new national rents scheme for social housing is due to be introduced in 2015.

That means all tenants will be assessed in a similiar manner not on diffrent basis in each local authority.

Mr. Minnock told the 30 September meeting of the Council that Kildare rents are lower than in many other counties.

“We are a long way behind overall rents,” he said.

One change is that whereas the Council charges €10 a week for an extra adult earner, the new State scheme will charge €22.50. FG Cllr. Brendan Weld accepted rents had to go up but there were “a huge number” in arrears.