Forty tenants kicked out onto streets
Up to 40 tenants living in two overcrowded houses in Dublin's north inner city were told to pack their belongings and leave within 24 hours.
The incident happened in Summerhill yesterday when a young man, who claimed to be acting on behalf of the owner, told the tenants there was a "fire safety issue".
Tenants were told the owner would return their deposits of up to €500 at a later date. However, the tenants said they have never met the owner and had been paying their rent to a Brazilian man believed to be subletting the property.
One tenant provided a copy of email correspondence with a company called Golden Rose Accommodation. Nobody is listed as a director of the company and its contact number is no longer in use.
Tenants were in a distressed state outside the house as the majority were left with nowhere to go. Pedro Martinez (25) said: "We were told originally that there would only be six people in the house but there are five in the basement, eight in the middle floor and five up in the attic.
"We had been raising concerns about the lack of emergency exits and fire safety stuff and then suddenly, the guy comes along saying we need to get out."
The man trying to evict the tenants would not respond to questions about whose instructions he was acting on.
Representatives of voluntary organisation Dublin Central Housing Action were there in support of the tenants.