Dublin bathroom firm raided by sheriff and stock seized after €26k rates demand
DUBLIN City Sheriff's Office swooped on a bathroom and tiling company in the north of the city, seizing three shipping containers of stock over non-payment of rates.
The dawn raid took place at Allied Bathrooms and Tiles Ltd on Greencastle Parade.
The company has failed to pay two Dublin City Council rates demands, totalling €26,000, and will not get its stock back until payment is made.
If no payment is received, the stock can be auctioned off to cover the money owed.
Staff from the Sheriff's Office arrived at the premises at 6.30am last Tuesday and removed the stock, which consists of tiles and bathroom accessories, as well as a forklift truck and pallet trucks.
It was acting on behalf of Dublin City Council, which had made the rates demands.
Documents obtained by the Herald show that the first demand for €17,978, including costs, was made on December 4, 2015.
A district court hearing ruled that Allied Bathrooms and Tiles Ltd had failed to pay the amount due to the council in respect of its rateable property at Greencastle Parade.
The court order also gives the Sheriff's Office the right to sell the goods seized to cover the debt.
A similar court sitting was heard on April 6 this year in relation to a second demand for a further €8,058.
Gardai from nearby Coolock Station were called to the scene during the seizure of the goods to ensure there were no public order issues and the task was completed efficiently.
When contacted about the raid, the Sheriff's Office said it could not comment on individual cases.
However, a spokesperson said: "We would urge all rates payers to pay their rates on time, otherwise seizures of goods can take place if a local authority pursues the matter."
Allied Bathrooms and Tiles Ltd had been trading at the property up until Tuesday morning, but the building was then placed into receivership on the instructions of a bank in an action running separately to the one being pursued by Dublin City Council.
The company was not available for comment on the matter of the seizure of goods.
Last year, elected members of Dublin City Council voted for business rates to be increased by 0.78pc for its approved 2017 budget.
It was the first increase in business rates since 2009.
At the time, it was reported that Dublin City Council was facing a €15m deficit, and an increase in business rates could help it generate more revenue to make up the shortfall.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council also increased its business rates last year, by 1.5pc.
It was the first increase in rates for eight years, and was lower than the 2.5pc originally proposed by council staff.
Fingal County Council and South Dublin County Council opted not to increase their rates last year.
Fingal County Council has the lowest rates out of the four Dublin local authorities.