Residents of Limerick apartment complex threatened over non-payment of management fees

Shane O’Riordan

Reporter:

Shane O’Riordan

GARDAI were dispatched to an upmarket city apartment complex earlier this week when residents were threatened with having their cars clamped and television and bin services cut.

GARDAI were dispatched to an upmarket city apartment complex earlier this week when residents were threatened with having their cars clamped and television and bin services cut.

But gardaí told the tenants at Fishermans Quay apartment complex in Grove Island that it was “a civil matter” and there was nothing they could do to solve the issue.

The residents called the gardaí after they were warned on Wednesday that their cars would be clamped because one landlord at the complex, had allegedly not paid management fees owed.

The Limerick Leader has obtained a copy of the letter from the Grove Island Management company addressed to the residents that stated: “Due to the non payment of the 2012 management fee by the owner of your apartment... you will no longer have the use of the following services in your apartment: Refuse collection, Parking in any of Fisherman’s Quay’s car parking spaces, Cable television.”

It is understood that the Dublin landlord at the centre of the dispute, owns 14 apartments in the complex.

Tenant John Taylor said: “This is an absolute disgrace. We’ve all paid rent which includes television service, bin collection and a car space”.

The Thomond Park employee continued: “I am being victimised through no fault of my own, It is wrong to use the tenants as leverage in a dispute between management and the landlord.”

Mr Taylor expressed his anger at the decision to cut off services claiming that his cable television had been disconnected already and that a clamper van had been in the area. “You always hear about bad tenants destroying apartments or not paying rent and getting evicted which is fair enough, but this time round it is us that are the victims and we should not suffer for other people’s actions.”

The rent is also inclusive of public lighting, building insurance, lift maintenance and fire safety, Mr Taylor explained.

While Mr Taylor was being interviewed by the Limerick Leader, he received a text, which he claimed came from the management company and stated “no press”.

Kersten Mehl is the auctioneer who is acting, “as a professional liaison between landlords and tenants”, according to his website manifesto.

Mr Mehl explained: “Invalid notices have been sent out to the tenants. The clients that I represent do not owe money to anyone. They are all good tenants. They have been brought into a situation that isn’t of their own making. The landlord does not want to make any comment.”

He added:“If clamping occurs legal proceedings will ensue very quickly.”

Gary Whelan, maintenace manager, Grove Island complex, was unavailable for comment.