Limerick City and County Council's Estate Management Unit is comprised of experienced staff whose overall aim is to ensure that the residents of Council estates, young and old, can live their lives free from interference or nuisance, and in an attractive physical and social environment.
Estate Management Team
The Estate Management Team provides the following services:
Estate Management Services
The Council has a particular interest in promoting good estate management practices and community empowerment and achieves this in partnership with its tenants and others through residents’ committees. In addition to one to one engagement with individual groups, an Estate Residents Representative Forum, comprising of officers from committees based across the three municipal areas of the authority, meets twice yearly to interact with each other and with relevant Council staff. It is intended to develop an overall strategy in this area in the metropolitan area also.
There are specific staff resources dedicated to this purpose, and assistance and co-operation is also forthcoming from Ballyhoura Development Ltd., West Limerick Resources, and Paul Partnership, as well as the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board in the provision of training to newly-formed residents groups.
The Council, as housing authority, is committed to taking appropriate action to prevent, reduce, and respond to incidents of anti-social behaviour and, indeed, general breaches of tenancy, that may occur within its estates. To this end, it works in close co-operation with An Garda Síochana and other statutory agencies, both on a case by base basis and, also, on a general policy level, through regular meetings.
The full legal definition of anti-social behaviour is contained in the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1997, as amended, and includes such things as:
- Drug dealing
- Threats & intimidation
What can the Council do about Anti-Social Behaviour?
There are strong legal powers available to tackle persistent offenders, including eviction from homes and securing excluding orders from areas against persistent offenders.
Within the overall Estate Management Team, there is a team dedicated to tenancy enforcement issues and contact can be made by telephoning 061-557184 or 061-557138, or by using 24 hour freephone hotline, 1800 283 064.
Contact can be made in writing addressed to:
Tenancy Enforcement Section
Estate Management Team
Housing Support Services
Limerick City and County Council
It should be noted that, generally speaking, anonymous complaints are not investigated, but all contacts are treated with the utmost confidentiality and the identity of complainants will not be divulged to third parties, except with their consent.
The Council is legally obliged to prepare an Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy for adoption by the elected members. Work on the preparation of a draft of this has commenced and the aim would be to have an adopted Strategy in place by the end of 2014.
Support for individual tenants with particular needs
The Team also has the capacity to engage with individual tenants who, arising from particular circumstances, may require particular support or mentoring. Other agencies or organisations may also be required to assist and this is assessed on a case by case basis.