The Irish Water nightmare spreads its nefarious influence further every day.
Now, over 800 tenants renting properties from one of Limerick’s largest property letting and management agentsagents, KMPM, have received notifications this week warning they will be in breach of their letting agreements unless they register with Irish Water. If they choose not to register, they must pay €260 to the agency.
KMPM letting agency has 850 Limerick tenants in its books, and letters have been sent to all of them to remind them that it is a condition of their lease that they are responsible for water rates.
Tenants are required to either register with the utility, or pay a €260 charge to KMPM. If they do not pay this money, they could be considered to be in breach of the letting terms and be evicted, according to the agency.
The agency will supposedly use the €260 to pay the water charge for the property in question.
Angry tenants are now asking why the letting agency is acting as a collector for the charge.
KMPM boss says that the agency is simply trying to ensure that the tenants pay their bill, so the owner is not potentially left with a €500 charge, or more, two years down the line. He added that the agency is forced to do this due to the uncertainty surrounding the charges and Irish Water as a whole.