Exclusive: Meet the 108 'crazy' rule woman with orders of almost €40k in rent arrears
*Ordered to pay rent arrears of almost €40k *Has been retaining deposits *Sub-lets properties *Refuses to let tenants into house during night
Published 01/12/2016 | 16:30
A woman who has been retaining deposits and subletting properties without permission has had almost €40,000 in rent arrears orders issued against her.
Susi Medeiros, otherwise known as ‘Miss Firmo’, has been described by a source as a 'serial offender' when it comes to the Irish rental market.
Independent.ie previously revealed how Miss Firmo has been imposing a list of 108 ‘crazy’ rules (see in gallery above) on vulnerable students and foreigners she has been renting out accommodation to.
When approached by Independent.ie at the property in Cabra where she is currently living, she refused to answer the door or further calls.
A number of orders have been issued against Ms Medeiros by the Residential Tenancies Board.
In November 2014, an order was made for her to pay rent arrears in the sum of €33,484.62.
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In 2010, she was ordered to pay €2,995 to the landlord of a property she was renting and most recently, she was served a Notice of Termination in May for the property she is currently living in.
At present, she is charging lodgers €300 per month plus €80 in bills – all paid in cash.
This is despite the termination order providing that she had 28 days to vacate the property.
Ms Medeiros also forces them to pay a €350 deposit and refuses to return it.
In the Determination Order, she is ordered to pay €1,350 in rent per month, meaning she is currently making a profit from subletting the property without permission.
When the issues concerning the 108 rules given to tenants were raised with the RTB, a spokesperson responded:
“The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) is the State body set up to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants (mong other functions), and therefore cannot offer advice to either party in particular situations, or review a lease to check its compliance with the legislation, since such a case could come before the Board for adjudication and any such comment could prejudice the Board’s independence.
“The RTB strongly recommends tenants who have legitimate grievances with their landlords to contact the RTB for helpful information on their rights, and they can also consider submitting a dispute to the Board for adjudication.
"That is a very effective way of challenging any improper behaviour by a landlord.”
Among the rules ‘Miss Firmo’ had been imposing on the lodgers included:
“Have at least one shower a day; wear deodorant; treat your cheesy shoes and feet especially during the autumn and winter”;
“You can only speak English while in the house”;
“Smile you are on TV! Be advised there are hiding cameras in the common areas of the house”.
A spokesperson for the Data Protection Commissioner said for CCTV footage to be installed inside the house, a landlord would need to have consent from the tenants.
The tenants told Independent.ie they are not allowed to have the central heating on for more than two hours a day, as the woman sub-letting the property warns them that they may suffer carbon monoxide poisoning if they leave it on for longer.
Cristina Corbalán Salazar, a Spanish lawyer who had been living in the property up until recently, said she had to go to hospital with a lung infection due to the damp and mouldy conditions she was living in.
Ms Salazar admits that she didn’t understand that this wasn’t the norm when she first moved here.
“There is mould all over the walls and stairs. We were not allowed to have electrical heaters or put the heating on for more than two hours.
“In the room, there are no wardrobes and we had to live out of suitcases.
“I didn’t understand at the time, as I thought this is how things were in Ireland.”
The owner of the property will not be offering a comment until the issue has been resolved.