Kerry County Council paid €41 million to private landlords over five years

Kerry County Council has spent almost €41 million on leasing and other housing payments over the past five years.

The figures were revealed by the local authority in response to a question by Cllr Robert Beasley.

The Sinn Féin councillor asked Kerry County Council how much has been paid to private landlords in the county through RAS, HAP and other leasing arrangements each year for the past five years.

There were 898 active Housing Assistance Payment tenancies in Kerry at the end of 2018, with almost €4 million in HAP payments made; that was up from €1 million in 2017.

There are 893 Rental Accommodation Scheme properties secured by either Kerry County Council or an approved housing body.

The council paid out €6.7 million in RAS payments last year, up from €6.3 million in 2017, €5.6 million in both 2015 and 2016, and €4.9 million in 2014.

Kerry County Council issued payments totalling €2.1 million last year for 260 availability agreement properties, which is a shorter term letting.

This is up from €1.5 million in 2017, €1.2 million in 2016, half a million euro in 2015, and €240,000 in 2014.

The council also paid €213,831 for 34 long term leased properties last year, up from €150,000 the previous two years, €108,000 in 2015, and €95,000 in 2014.