Housing Executive Tenants: Debt

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:00 pm on 11th December 2000.

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Photo of Mr Maurice Morrow Mr Maurice Morrow DUP 4:00 pm, 11th December 2000

I have listened carefully to the advice given to me. I can assure the Member that it will be so. I also want to reassure the Assembly in relation to rent arrears. This is not something that the Housing Executive takes lightly. It has a very robust policy for gathering in rent arrears. It is something that I do not take lightly either. There should be a determined effort to ensure that all tenants pay their rents; it is a tragedy when only some are actually doing so. One half pays, and the other half lets it. I do not think it is as bad as that, but I am concerned about the level of rent arrears. It is a matter that we will be considering seriously. I can assure the Member that it will not be lightly treated by any means.