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Thursday 17 August 2017

Landlord 'threw my husband's ashes out'

A Dublin woman told a court that her landlord unlawfully entered her rented home and threw out personal items, including an urn containing the ashes of her late husband.
A Dublin woman told a court that her landlord unlawfully entered her rented home and threw out personal items, including an urn containing the ashes of her late husband.

A Dublin woman told a court that her landlord unlawfully entered her rented home and threw out personal items, including an urn containing the ashes of her late husband.

Julie Magee, who owed landlord Seamus O'Dowd more than €7,000 in rent, told Judge Jacqueline Linnane in the Circuit Civil Court that she could replace other items but could not replace her husband's ashes.

Barrister Una Cassidy, for the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), said a Tenancy Tribunal last year awarded Ms Magee €500 for belongings she had lost when the landlord entered 11 Oak Avenue, Royal Oak, S antry, Co Dublin.

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Ms Cassidy said the tribunal, which heard an appeal against a PRTB determination for possession of the premises, was not satisfied there was an urn when the landlord entered the house.

Counsel told Judge Linnane that Ms Magee owed Mr O'Dowd €7,300 in rent.

The tribunal awarded her €500 damages which reduced the arrears to €6,800. This was reduced further by the landlord having been able to retain a one-month rental deposit of €1,550.

Ms Magee, who has six children aged between two and 10, said the landlord entered the property and replaced the locks.

Judge Linnane granted the PRTB judgment on behalf of Mr O'Dowd of €5,250 against Ms Magee and her partner and fellow respondent Kieran Moans with legal costs against them in favour of the Board.

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