Landlords of 'hostel' house handed legal bill of €60,000
The joint landlords of a hostel used to house up to 70 tenants were told by a judge to pay a local authority's legal costs that could run close to €60,000.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane directed the costs order be made jointly and severally against Christian Carter and Richard Stanley (85), which means either could be sued for the full amount following taxation or they could agree to equally share the load.
The Circuit Civil Court heard that Mr Carter, of Dunedin Drive, Monkstown, Co Dublin, had been paying Richard Stanley's son Dermot €4,000 a month for The Pines, Lehaunstown, Cabinteely. Judge Linnane heard that in turn Dermot Stanley, who lives in London, was paying his father Richard, who owns the house, €2,000 a month.
At an earlier hearing, it was estimated Carter had been collecting up to €16,000 a month in rent. The court heard Richard Stanley had not known what Mr Carter had been doing at the property.
The living conditions in the 'unauthorised hostel' were first reported on by Independent.ie this year.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Carter said: "I'm not like other landlords. I've never increased rent on anybody, ever."