Dublin city council is owed almost €33 million in social housing rents, the largest amount ever.
Of the local authority's 24,400 tenants, more than half are in arrears. While a fifth of renters are behind for more than six months.
The figure of €32.8 million is the largest sum ever owed to any local authority in unpaid rents.
That's more than €10 million more than in 2019, when tenants had failed to handed over €19.5 million.
It's understood the first renter to be evicted by DCC for not paying their accommodation fees is to lost their home later this month.
It follows the introduction of new legislation that allows local authorities to apply for repossession orders.
It comes as council tenants face increases in their rents of around €160 a year. City councillors will vote tonight on whether to hike accommodation costs next year to cover a shortfall in funding.
Increases to parking charges, tolls and commercial rates are also planned.