Released: 28 March 2007
Kerry Local Authorities launched their new Tenants Handbook on Wednesday, March 28, 2007, with Chair of the Housing SPC, Cllr Danny Healy Rae, officially launching the document.
Aimed at tenants of Local Authority houses throughout the county, the Tenants Handbook sets out tenants’ responsibilities in relation to maintaining their house, obligations towards neighbours and other matters.
A copy of the Handbook has been sent to every tenant of a Local Authority house in Kerry, and all new tenants will also receive a copy of the Handbook, which is bi-lingual.
“We secured funding from the Housing Management Initiative Grant Scheme last year to revise and publish the Kerry Local Authorities Tenant Handbook,” Director of Housing & Social Support, John Breen explained.
“With our Housing Liaison Officer, Sean McCarthy taking a leading role, there was a lot of consultation between Kerry County Council and the three Town Councils in order to ensure that the information was accurate, up-to-date, and easily understandable.”
The Handbook also contains information on tenant participation within estates, including the creation of Residents Associations. The full range of housing options available to tenants who may want to purchase their own home or extend or adapt their existing dwelling, is also explained.
General information relating to fire safety and fire prevention is also included.
“The production of this handbook will help tenants to understand their obligations and responsibilities, and great credit must go to the staff of the Housing Departments in Kerry County Council and the three Town Councils,” Cllr Danny Healy Rae, Chair of the Housing SPC stated.