Northside residents face homelessness  after being served with eviction notices

Northside residents face homelessness  after being served with eviction notices
Pic caption (L-R): Aimee O'Riordan, a resident of Leeside apartments who fought a successful campaign against evictions; Carol Brogan, Solidarity; Brendan Keane, Old Youghal Road; Cllr Fiona Ryan, Solidarity.

A GROUP of northside residents has said that they will be made homeless if eviction notices on their Old Youghal Road apartment block go ahead.

Residents in at least five of the six apartment blocks at 102-104 Old Youghal Road have been issued with notices to quit to allow refurbishments, with a July 19 deadline to move out.

The notices were issued by the new landlord after the former owner passed away last year.

The residents are working with the Solidarity party and campaigners from Leeside Apartments to try and protect their tenancies, after the victory for the Leeside tenants earlier this year.

At a press conference today, resident Brendan Keane said that due to high market rents people will be faced with homelessness if they have to leave.

"I'm looking at being made homeless come July. That's the reality of my situation.

"It's soul destroying. Some days you get up and just think 'it's one day closer.'

"I don't know what's around the corner for me," he said.

Carol Brogan, Solidarity's candidate in Cork City North-East, said that they will take the same approach as they did with the Leeside Apartments, starting with a protest in Dillon's Cross at 5pm next Monday and an online and door-to-door petition.

Following protests and legal action against a foreign firm that sought to evict tenants to refurbish the apartments at Leeside, Cork City Council and Clúid bought the blocks and will now use them to provide social and affordable housing.

"We know that they will get empathy from the renters in the area," said Ms Brogan.

"We're asking the people of Cork to stand with tenants like these.

"We've seen from Leeside that this is not the first time this has happened, and it will happen again if we don't stand behind people," said Ms Brogan.

Choices Property, the agency dealing with the apartments, confirmed the eviction notices but said that it could not make any further comment.

"Due to GDPR legislation, we are not in a position to comment, however any tenant who has a grievance can refer the matter to Residential Tenancies Board (RTB)," said a statement from the firm.

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