A LIMERICK family did not have to be forcibly evicted from their Garryowen home, as the house at Fairview Crescent had been vacated when Limerick City Council officials came to execute the warrant to repossess the house.
The local authority initiated court proceedings against the tenant after receiving more than 70 complaints of antisocial behaviour which included the harassment, intimidation and assault of neighbours living on the estate.
They applied for the possession order over concerns that the estate was in danger of ‘turning into a ghetto’, because of the actions of the family.
An appeal by the family to have a possession order for their house overturned, was struck out at the Circuit Civil Court last month, and the tenants were given until August 1 to leave the property.
The house was unoccupied when gardai and council officials arrived at the house yesterday to execute the warrant. There were no reports of any trouble in the locality, according to gardai, as the contractors began their work.
It is understood that the family had given an undertaking to return the keys to the council but the former tenant has failed to do so.
Contractors had to force entry into the house on Tuesday morning and discovered that the fireplace in the sitting room and the fitted kitchen had been removed.
After securing a repossession order, the city council is not under any obligation to re-house the family, but it is believed that they have moved to an address on the southside of the city. The house at Fairview Crescent will be boarded up, and the locks will be changed until the local authority finds another tenant to reside in the house.