Councils must not allow RAS tenants to go homeless – Ellis

Dessie Ellis Sinn Fein Housing spokesperson has called on local authorities and the Department of Environment to ensure that tenants under the Rental Accommodation Scheme are not allowed to go homeless because of financial difficulties faced by their landlords.
Deputy Ellis continued:
“RAS has provided many people with housing and allowed them to dig their way out of the poverty trap. Housing need is at an all-time high and local authorities and the Department of Environment must ensure that we do not see a row back on the progress made by RAS.
“I have dealt with a number of families who due to their landlord’s decision, often related to financial difficulties, are facing eviction. I spoke to two such families this week in Dublin alone with many more in danger.
“These families cannot afford housing in the normal private rental market which has increased in cost throughout the recession.
Cllr Criona Ni Dhalaigh said: “These families must be prioritised for rehousing in accommodation they can afford. They cannot be allowed to go homeless as the government has committed to work to end homelessness and the local authorities pledged in RAS agreements to not let this happen. A code of practice must also be drawn up to deal with this increasing problem.”

Property Tax over valuation of houses

25th March, 2013

Dear resident,

It has come to our attention in the past week as people continue to receive their Household Charge Bills from the Revenue Commissioners that the current market value of houses, are being grossly overestimated. The Notice of Estimate at the bottom of the page sets out what you should pay for this year. It “ is legally payable by you the resident, UNLESS, you submit a completed Return setting out the amount of Local Property Tax payable by you in respect of this property,” i.e an honest assessment of what you think your property is currently worth.
For example, currently houses in Finglas South are being offered for sale on and for under 100.000 euro . They are actually selling in the region of 55,000. Revenue in their letter to residents in Finglas South are asking for 157 for this year thus estimating that a house in this area to be worth the region of 150,000 to 200,000. The full Household Bill for 2014 will therefore be 314 euro with a review upwards from 2016 onwards.
In Pairc na Cuileann, the Revenue Commissioners have put an estimated value of 250,000 to 300,000 euro on each house. If you agree on this figure the Property Tax for 2014 will be 500 euro. The two City Council built houses are on Willow Park Road, Glasnevin are on the market with an asking price of 165,000. estimate that a 3 bed in Poppintree is worth 135,000 and a four bed is in the 150,000 to 200,000 bracket. Therefore , residents in Pairc na Cuileann fill in section B Band number 2 and enter 112 euro.
This letter is for information purposes and we are not advocating that you pay the Property Tax but if you do decide to pay make sure you do not pay more than you legally have to.

Is mise,

Dessie Ellis.