Leixlip tenants face court challenge

TENANTS in a Kildare social housing project are facing court action in a row over rents, writes Henry Bauress.

TENANTS in a Kildare social housing project are facing court action in a row over rents, writes Henry Bauress.

The Leader understands that perhaps up to a quarter of the residents in the thirty two house scheme at Sli an Canal in Leixlip have received notices from the Leim an Bhradain Voluntary Housing Association Ltd at Easton road.

On 18 May, what were described as as “long standing grievances” by tenants were raised in Dail Eireann on 18 May.

Kildare North TD, Bernard Durkan, asked in the Dail if the Minister would meet with the tenants to try and sort out grievances.

The Minister of State, Willie Penrose, declined to do so and said his role was providing money to build projects but the running of the scheme was the responsibility of Kildare County Council (KCC) in this case.

It is understood that tenants have had letters seeking rent arrears and in at least one case, eviction.

Tenants at Sli and Canal moved into the well kept estate in 2001. It was built by the State under the Capital Loan and Subsidy scheme at a cost of E3.4m approx.