TENANTS of The Laurels apartment complex in Dundrum, who moved out of their homes in early July while building safety issues were being remedied, have been told by the receiver that the original period of three months would be extended indefinitely.
On July 6, tenants received a letter telling them to evacuate their homes within 10 days while work was done to bring the building up to proper regulatory standards.
However, on Saturday, September 8, Laurels residents living in alternative temporary accommodation were notified at a meeting with Kieran Wallace, receiver for Tuskar Asset Management, that the safety work was more extensive than first thought in July.
He said: “Unfortunately, the cost budget has far exceeded the original estimates provided to me in July, due to the extent of work that needs to be carried out to make the building fully compliant with relevant regulations.”
The receiver told tenants that he would cover the cost of their extended stay in temporary lodgings until they can return home.
However, he went on to say that there was a possibility that the costs would be so prohibitive as to prevent the remedial action being undertaken at all. “As a result [of the budget excesses] it will not now be possible to complete the works in the timetable previously envisaged. Indeed, it is increasingly likely that it will not be economically viable to carry out the works at all.
“Therefore, the property will not be safe for tenants to move back into in October. I appreciate the inconvenience and frustration that this may cause to you,” said Wallace.
He assured tenants that the financial cost of their inconvenience would be met by the receiver.
“All tenants can remain in their paid alternative accommodation for one further month, up to 16 November 16, free of charge.
“All tenant deposits held in respect of The View will be returned to tenants by November 16. “The receiver, and Savills, will assist tenants who wish to enter into new leases on their existing accommodation post November 16.
“A removal service will be provided for anyone leaving their existing accommodation and moving to a new location,” he said.
Councillor Jim O’Dea (FG) said: “It is very regrettable, as the tenants have been out of their homes for two months already, and may end up returning to cold apartments during the winter.
“If there is a delay, I assume that the receiver will continue to defray any extra expenses and rent resulting from the failure to have the apartments repaired to meet all health and safety requirements.
“The residents should receive a guarantee that the apartments comply with regulations before returning to The Laurels.”