Number of property squatters in Clondalkin has increased this year
By Maurice Garvey
THE number of squatter incidents at properties in Clondalkin has increased in 2017.
According to the latest anti-social statistics from South Dublin County Council, there have been 23 incidents of squatters or illegal occupiers in Clondalkin reported to the council for the first nine months of 2017.
Throughout the whole of 2016, there was a total of 17 incidents of squatters or illegal occupiers reported to SDCC.
There has been a demand for possession of 10 houses in Clondalkin this year, under provisions of the Housing Act.
Abandonment notices have been served on 12 houses in Clondalkin, while the council has also obtained 30 surrenders of properties in 2017, including termination of tenancies under Section 15 (properties engaged in anti-social behaviour).
Warnings have been issued to 22 houses in Clondalkin this year up to the end of September. The SDCC has conducted an average of 100 house inspections per month in Clondalkin throughout 2017.
Meanwhile, the first nine months of 2017 has seen 35 incidents of violence, intimidation and harassment in Clondalkin reported to the council.
The highest proportion of these (18 incidents) were reported during the third quarter of 2017 (July to September).
Up to 28 vandalism incidents in Clondalkin have been reported to SDCC in the first nine months of 2017 – a total of 25 such incidents were reported last year.