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Mould, a broken front door and sewage ... for €1,400 a month in rent

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Mould on the walls

Mould on the walls

Mould on the walls

Tenants renting a property in one of the most sought-after areas of Dublin have told of "horrific" living conditions as a dispute rumbles on between the landlord and receivers.

The five-floor property, Leinster House on Leinster Road in Rathmines, has been converted into 11 small apartments.

No planning application was made to have this work carried out, a Dublin City Council spokesperson confirmed.

The front door of the house has been broken for weeks, there are holes in the hallway walls, mould on the carpet and walls and issues with overflowing sewage.

Tenants also claim fire alarms don't work and fear the banister is on the "verge of collapsing".

Despite the conditions, tenants in the 11 apartments have been asked to pay varying rents of up to €1,400 per month.

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The house on Leinster Road

The house on Leinster Road

The house on Leinster Road

The owner of an electrical services company which carried out work at the property a year ago said his employees "wouldn't go back due to issues with overflowing sewage".

"The lads found the place so grim they were refusing to work there," he said.

The house is owned by a Mr Con Ryan from Ballynahinch, Co Tipperary, according to documents filed in the Registry of Deeds. Con Ryan was previously director of Con J Ryan & Co, an estate agents which was dissolved in 2010.

Receivership

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Electrical wires on show

Electrical wires on show

Electrical wires on show

It is understood he doesn't have any involvement in the running of the property, as he leased it to a woman named Sarah Ryan in 2014.

However, Grant Thornton confirmed in an email to one of the tenants in November 2017 that the property went into receivership on June 7, 2016.

It is unclear whether all the tenants living in the building were aware of this.

Ms Ryan insisted to the Herald that she was still the landlord of the property.

"I'm the landlady and I'm keeping it all above board," she said.

"There's no issue with overcrowding.

"I've had Dublin City Council out and I got a letter from Dublin Fire Brigade saying particular works are needed, but some of the tenants won't let them in to their apartments to carry out work.

"There are two sides to every story and I've had issues with certain tenants not paying rent."

A Grant Thornton spokesperson said it couldn't comment further on the details of the receivership due to "ongoing legal proceedings".


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