Council seeks to sell two Dublin City properties for € 35,000
Dublin City Council wants to sell two properties it has owned since 1949 for a bargain price of just € 35,000 after authorizing their acquisition by squatters.
The council admitted it had “not covered itself with glory” by allowing two former homes in Smithfield, in the north town center, to fall into private hands, but said the deal to sell the site had been concluded “on the basis that we have no leg to legally stand on”.
The council bought the homes at 60 and 61 North King Street over 70 years ago for a road widening project that was subsequently abandoned. In 1949, he granted a 20-year permit to the previous owners to continue occupying the properties, on condition that the permit would end if the road widening continued.
The council did not repossess the buildings after the lease ended in 1969. In 2004, it conducted a title search which showed that the owner of a site in the back had in 1981 granted a lease of 35. years of consulting properties to a car parts company.
In 2007, notaries acting on behalf of the owner of the land at the rear declared to the town hall that their client was then in possession of the whole of the land and claimed a title of usufruct, also called “right to squatter” .
The council entered into negotiations with the lawyers, but these were complicated by another party’s claim that they had used the site as a stable for many years. Discussions ceased in 2015, the council said.
Two years ago, an Isle of Man registered company, Yellowline Limited, which owns properties adjacent to 62-65 North King Street, informed the board that it now owns the site at the back of 60 -61 and wanted to buy back the board. .
The now-abandoned property council’s title was “flawed,” said Paul Clegg of the planning division. “We should have taken action in 69, but we never took possession of the site,” he said. “We in the ownership section haven’t showered ourselves with glory in the way we’ve handled the title here, but we are where we are and this is a flawed title.”
Chief assessor David Garvey said Yellowline initially offered the board € 5,000. “We ended up getting € 35,000 [in total], which in the circumstances is a good deal, ”he said. “The deal is based on the fact that we don’t have a leg to legally rely on. If we go to court on an adverse possession case, we will lose, that’s the legal opinion. “
It is understood that Yellowline intends to build apartments on the site. The advisers have asked officials to resume negotiations to seek to buy a number of apartments, before they agree to the sale of the site.
Councilors have approved in recent days the sale of the Plow pub opposite the Abbey Theater for € 550,000 on the basis that the council would have the first refusal on the purchase of six apartments to be developed on the site.