THE chairman of Limerick City Council’s housing committee has called for an end to a standoff which has left dozens of residents locked out of their homes.
Labour councillor Tom Shortt spoke out after the Limerick Leader revealed that up to 50 tenants based in properties managed by Aviary Estates in Mount Kennett Place have been caught in the middle of a dispute which began after landlords allegedly failed to pay their management fees.
Aviary Estates, which services the apartments have acted on landlords not paying by deactivating their tenants access fobs.
These provide access to each block of flats, with a further key to get into their homes.
It means many cannot get into their homes and have resorted to desperate measures, including climbing up through windows.
Now Cllr Shortt has called for a solution to the problem, saying residents are “caught in the middle”
“You have to have enormous sympathy for the residents, who I feel are being penalised unfairly by the management company. They [the management company] should raise this issue with the landlords and not penalise the tenants,” he said, “It seems quite unjust that they, having paid their rent, would be penalised.”
Iranian national Ali Hashemi confirmed the problem was still going on.
Landlords can be charged up to €1,500 a year in fees per apartment by Aviary Estates for security and maintenance.
When the Limerick Leader visited the site last Friday, we witnessed a number of people angry and frustrated their key fobs were not working.
A security guard has been placed on the door of the 50 apartment Glenlara House by the company.
Aviary Estates did not return phone calls to the Limerick Leader at the time of going to press.