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Monday 26 September 2016

Curbs on landlords who evict to sell up

Niall O’Connor and Greg Harkin

Published 10/11/2015 | 02:30

Landlords who try to evict tenants by claiming they are selling their properties will be forced to provide written proof of the sale or else face a fine of up to €4,000
Landlords who try to evict tenants by claiming they are selling their properties will be forced to provide written proof of the sale or else face a fine of up to €4,000

Landlords who try to evict tenants by claiming they are selling their properties will be forced to provide written proof of the sale or else face a fine of up to €3,000.

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The measure is part of a crackdown on “unscrupulous landlords” by Environment Minister Alan Kelly. Landlords will have to provide written evidence, in the form of a statutory declaration signed by a solicitor or auctioneer, to tenants outlining their intention to sell.

If they are found to have conned tenants into moving out, landlords will face a fine.

Meanwhile, residents of an apartment block deemed a fire hazard by engineers may have to leave their homes after a council inspection found major risks.

A draft report from Meath County Council raises serious concerns about the safety of 26 units and four business units, including a Tesco Express, at Riverwalk Court in Ratoath, Co Meath.

The report by the council Chief Fire Officer Dermot Brannigan said the building had not been constructed in accordance with fire regulations.

There were no fire-stopping measures in the apartments, between walls or in the attic at Riverwalk Court, he reported.

The fire inspection took place last month and lasted four days. The report lists 15 categories of breaches of fire regulations,  including several construction defects.

If the building did catch fire, the emergency lighting in shared areas doesn’t work and there is a lack of smoke control in escape stairways, said Mr Brannigan.

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