I thought that local authority rent arrears ran from a low of 4% in Laois to a high of 29% in Louth .?I don't think they care about that either.
Many councils have arrears in excess of 30%. Some over 50%. You can search for their accounts online and see the actual numbers.
Encouragingly the same link you reported shows that “ the collection rate of Local Authority housing rental income is circa 85 per cent across the country “ - pretty impressive figure !
- A quarter of Local Authority tenancies (11,870 or 26 per cent) across Dublin are in rent arrears to the value of more than 12 weeks rent. Forty-three per cent of tenancies (19,576) are not in arrears. Over half (57 per cent) of all tenancies are in arrears.
Well there is this.OK! We now know the problems. What are the solutions?
Until the problems are more generally recognised by policymakers, adequate solutions can not be developed."The Local Government Efficiency Review Group (July, 2010) recommended that social housing rents should be deducted directly from social welfare payments
I don't understand why you think it is encouraging. That thinking seems to imply you expect them NOT to pay and then you are 'encouraged' when they do? Surely the default is to assume that people will pay their bills?It is encouraging however that the vast majority of tenants pay their rent.
Yes and local authority tenants, unlike tenants in the private sector, have their rents adjusted when their incomes fall.Except life does not stand still and circumstances change.
According to the report:I think the 85% rate is encouraging and reflects the upturn in the economy.
"The highest proportion of current arrears in Dublin City Council was incurred in 2009 following retrospective assessments of income/occupants which brought previously undeclared income to attention."As I say in some instances local authority tenant’s income is so low that they simply cannot afford adjusted rent given the other demands on such income