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Friday 23 June 2017

'It is hell' - tenants slam crowded home but want more time to move

Resident Davorin Bazulic
Resident Davorin Bazulic

Occupants of an overcrowded property in Dublin housing 50 tenants have pleaded for more time to find somewhere to live.

A judge has ordered the house to be made vacant by Wednesday afternoon after Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council took legal action to stop it being used as a multi-occupancy dormitory property.

The large house, with two floors over a basement, was crammed with people and the attic was also used by the occupants. Christian Carter (29), who rented the house from the UK-based owner for €4,000 a month, was charging up to 50 foreign nationals €200 a month each to stay in mainly bunk beds in the premises.

Last night, 34 tenants were still in the house at Lehaunstown, Cabinteely.

"We did not get enough notice to find new accommodation. I was only told on Friday to be out by Wednesday," said Davorin Bazulic (57), a former journalist and graphic designer from Croatia who works in Ireland.

"To live in this house is like being in a combination of army barracks, stables and a circus," he said, describing the overcrowded conditions.

"There is not enough time. I will be left with my possessions in a plastic bag out on the road on Wednesday," he said.

Laura (28), a teacher from Italy, said: "When I came in the summer it was perfect. There was no one here.

"We were told there would be a maximum of 25 people and that there would be plenty of room to do study downstairs.

"But more and more bunk beds were put in. Everyone wants to go away from this place. It is hell. But it is not human to expect us to find accommodation by Wednesday. We need more time," she said.

Gabriel Andrada (22, inset) from Brazil said: "I don't think it was too bad. There were only two showers but people did not have time to sing in the shower."

"I lived here for five months in a room in the basement with eight bunk beds. Eating in the kitchen was possible by people eating at different times. I was paying €200 a month," he said.

Zeljko Bincki (51), a cleaner from Croatia, said: "I will be homeless on the street."

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