Woman who sublet properties and told tenants 'to treat cheesy feet' has €40k in orders against her
Published 02/12/2016 | 02:30
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. She has been imposing a list of 108 rules on students and foreigners she has been renting out accommodation to.
When approached by the Irish Independent at the property in Cabra where she is currently living, she refused to answer the door or further calls.
It can now be revealed that a number of orders have been issued against Ms Medeiros by the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB). In November 2014, an order was made for her to pay rent arrears in the sum of €33,484.62. In 2010, she was ordered to pay €2,995 to a landlord and in May, she was served a Notice of Termination 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. 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.
In a statement, the RTB said it "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," they said.
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. Be advised there are hiding cameras".
The tenants have said they are not allowed to have the central heating on for more than two hours a day, as 'Miss Firmo' warns them they may suffer carbon monoxide poisoning if it's left on for longer.
The owner of the property will not be commenting until the issue has been resolved.