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Urasoe City gets tough on rental unit deadbeats

Date Posted: 2004-12-02

A tightening economic environment is sending Urasoe City officials in search of new revenues.

The target is six families who have not paid rent on their city-owned apartments. An Urasoe official says the six have not made payments for more than a year, so they are being taken to court.

A total of ¥14,300,000 is involved in back rents. Government officials say the city’s financial problems simply do not allow them to overlook monies owed, and pledge to pursue all avenues to be fiscally prudent to all taxpayers. The court must rule on the city’s demand for payment from the six families, as well as whether to evict the families from the government-owned housing units.

The families are all working class people, but officials say it simply isn’t fair to others in the buildings that they are ignoring the rents. The families have been asked repeatedly to pay up, but “they never listen to us”, says one frustrated city official. “”It’s not fair to others citizens, and that’s why we’re taking them to court.”

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