Sunday 27 May 2018

Flat owners 'will be sued and named' if they don't pay up to fix build faults

880 apartments in the Beacon South Quarter must have deficiencies addressed. Photo: Steve Humphreys
880 apartments in the Beacon South Quarter must have deficiencies addressed. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Homeowners in an apartment complex found to have structural defects have been given 21 days to pay upwards of €5,000 or face legal action from their management company.

Families in the Beacon South Quarter complex in south Dublin received letters in recent days warning their names could be published in newspapers if they do not pay up.

It comes after Dublin Fire Brigade identified "fire deficiencies" in the development that have to be addressed.

A building programme running until 2023 has been set out for the works, which will cost more than €10m.

The 880 apartments in the complex are owned by a mix of large-scale landlords and private individuals.

Many have started making the payments but sources say a significant number have not as they object to being left paying for deficiencies they were unaware of at the time of purchase.

Families in the Beacon South Quarter complex in south Dublin received letters in recent days warning their names could be published in newspapers if they do not pay up.
Families in the Beacon South Quarter complex in south Dublin received letters in recent days warning their names could be published in newspapers if they do not pay up.

A letter issued by the Beacon South Quarter Management Company in recent days says it plans to "bring the development to a safe living standard as soon as possible".

It says the directors are "fully committed to mitigating costs, concluding the insurance claim, seeking legal redress where possible and keeping the issue off the national agenda".

But the correspondence goes on to warn that individual homeowners withholding payment is "totally unacceptable" and the directors "cannot, and will not, tolerate payment default".

Residents have been given 21 days to enter a payment plan or face interests and penalties.

The 880 apartments in the complex are owned by a mix of large-scale landlords and private individuals.
The 880 apartments in the complex are owned by a mix of large-scale landlords and private individuals.

"The Management Company solicitor will be instructed to take legal action upon the entire debt, up to and including obtaining judgment against you, which may also be registered as a judgment mortgage against your property.

"Secured judgments will be published in 'Stubbs' and trade Gazettes/Sunday newspapers, etc, and a full list of published judgments will be attached to the Management Company's Annual Report," the letter states.

Some residents have also claimed that their fobs for access to the apartment complex have been deactivated in recent days.

The collection of debts is being facilitated by Aramark Property, but it directed queries on the situation to the Beacon South Quarter Owners' Management Company.

However, calls to the number listed as the management company were answered by representatives from Aramark who were unable to provide an alternative contact. 

The management company told the Irish Independent that any media queries were being dealt with by Aramark.

Local Green Party TD Catherine Martin has previously called on the Government to intervene, suggesting homeowners affected by such issues should receive tax breaks or interest-free loans from the State.

She is currently drafting a bill in relation to putting protections in place for future homeowners.

Irish Independent

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