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UP to 14 Lim­er­ick city fam­i­lies say they are fac­ing evic­tion af­ter their block of apart­ments was sold to a pen­sion fund.

On Good Fri­day, res­i­dents of the two-bed­room apart­ments at Fish­er­man’s Quay at Grove Is­land re­ceived no­tices in­form­ing them they must ‘va­cate and give up pos­ses­sion of the dwelling’ since the apart­ments are be­ing put up for sale.

They have vowed to fight the evic­tions which are be­ing car­ried out by Mun­ster Pen­sioner Trustees Lim­ited. This pen­sion fund bought a num­ber of prop­er­ties in the com­plex out of re­ceiver­ship ear­lier this year. Lo­cal In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor John Gil­li­gan said while the fund’s ac­tion is le­gal, ‘it’s al­most cer­tainly im­moral’.

Alan McCarthy, who lives with his only son Daniel, 19, in one of the apart­ments, said when he got the no­tice he ‘couldn’t stop be­ing sick’.

‘My whole life has been turned up­side down,’ said Alan who pays €550 a month in rent and has lived in the apart­ment for over three years. He said: ‘Some­one is try­ing to make a fast buck at our ex­pense.’

The Prop­erty Price Reg­is­ter cur­rently lists two apart­ments as sold at Fish­er­man’s Quay.

One sold for €111,000, the other €89,300 – both in the last month. A num­ber of other apart­ments in the com­plex are on the mar­ket from €100,000, while one unit was re­cently listed for rent at €900 per month.

Ryan Mowat, 20, has lived in the com­plex for five years with his fa­ther Andy. He said: ‘To get a let­ter telling us to pack up and go is not right.’

MPTL re­ferred queries to the man­age­ment firm Ker­sten Mehl Prop­erty Man­age­ment. Its boss Ker­sten Mehl said: ‘I re­ceived in­struc­tions to is­sue th­ese no­tices... as the land­lord wished to sell them.’

He also said the num­ber is closer to eight, as op­posed to 14.

Evic­tion or­ders: Ryan Mowat, Alan McCarthy and Grigor Jeus with no­tices and Cllr John Gil­li­gan

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