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Shocking image shows the Dublin rental crisis has hit an even new low

Dublin Live logo Dublin Live 11/09/2018 Gavin O'Callaghan
a close up of a door © Credits: Take Back The City - Dublin

This shocking image shows just how bleak the housing market is in Dublin.

The "apartment", which is somewhere in the Mountjoy area, is somehow being occupied by tenants who have to scale a ladder every time they want to go in and out.

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The lodging was spotted by activist group Take Back The City - Dublin who have been campaigning against what they call extortionate rents.

Speaking to Dublin Live, a spokesperson for the group said that the occupant of that apartment wasn't in the building when the group visited, but that others living in other apartments said that that particular apartment did have a tenant.

Shocking image shows the Dublin rental crisis has hit an even new low © Dublin Live Shocking image shows the Dublin rental crisis has hit an even new low

The people living in the other apartments in the building also said they were being charged between €300-500 a month for their beds.

"This happens quite frequently with old Georgian buildings with high ceilings.

"Someone buys the building and divides it completely in half putting a ceiling just above where a door would be. So that's what's going on here.

"It's rife in this area around Dublin 1.

"Each person pays their own amount, and it's between €300-500 each. There's a lot of money being made on that.

© Getty

"People are forced into these situations and the rents are so high because landlords know they can get away with it."

Posting the image to Facebook they said: "We were out door knocking around Mountjoy Sq on Sunday, hearing the stories of people hit by the housing crisis and asking what does the community want for our newly opened buildings?

"Tenants invited us in to see some of the conditions they face and what we found shocked us. "

Take Back The City (TBTC) is an umbrella network made up of 18 grassroots housing groups, and today’s occupation is the third of its kind after activists took over a house on Summerhill Parade and more recently, North Frederick Street.

Dublin, Ireland - August 19, 2012: A series of rent/sales signs on several buildings in one of Dublin's busiest streets show the remaints of the financial crisis in the country. After decades of strong growth, Ireland's real estate market broke down in the financial crisis and the country and its banks had to be bailed out by the EU and IMF. © Getty Dublin, Ireland - August 19, 2012: A series of rent/sales signs on several buildings in one of Dublin's busiest streets show the remaints of the financial crisis in the country. After decades of strong growth, Ireland's real estate market broke down in the financial crisis and the country and its banks had to be bailed out by the EU and IMF.

Earlier this week, the group held a protesting rally by the GPO on O'Connell St before marching to a building on Belvedere Court at around 5:45pm.

At least a dozen activists then occupied the property near Mountjoy Square and hung banners from its windows, one of which said ‘Evict Eoghan Murphy’, referring to the under-fire housing minister.

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TBTC said in a statement: "This is an expansion rather than a move from one property to another, as activists are continuing to occupy 34 North Frederick Street – despite the high court injunction issued against them.

"This property will remain occupied until the collective demand of TBTC is met, that is, that the building be Compulsory Purchase Ordered by Dublin City Council and given to the community."

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