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 Post subject: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:18 am 
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Mr X is a landlord & small businessman who owns at least 7 apartments on Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1, a launderette business on Talbot St, Dublin 1, and some houses in Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6w.

Born circa 1970, Mr X was raised in Dronomore Crescent in Tallaght, south Dublin.

In 1999, aged 28, he was caught in Northern Ireland committing cross-border welfare fraud, claiming almost £19,000 sterling in benefits using false accounts opened in several building societies. He was also collecting claims for his brother [Mr Y who was in prison at the time.

As he appeared in court in Belfast with more than £12,000 in sureties, his sentence was deferred to allow him to pay back the rest of the money. It’s unknown where he got these sureties.


He is self-employed as a tiler and builder, using the back garden of one of his Harold’s Cross properties as a builder’s yard.

A small business owner, [Mr X runs a launderette, Clean City, at 60 Talbot St. It’s co-owned by his partnerMrs X

Before Clean City, Mr and Mrs X ran an internet cafe/callcentre, Connect Centre Ltd at 61 Talbot St, next door to the launderette.

We previously heard from some of Mr X's tenants, who described how he prefers to collect his rent in cash only, sometimes via the launderette;

“every month we collect all the rent together and he or a friend of his comes into the flat to collect this – in total it’s €4200 in cash. Sometimes he asks that we leave it into his launderette at 60 Talbot St, which is nearby”.



As well as his small (but lucrative) kingdom of flats scattered around Mountjoy Square, Mr X has a few properties on the south side of the city in the residential suburb of Harolds Cross, Dublin 6w.

In 2016, he applied for planning permission to build two “two-storey plus attic” houses behind his existing two houses in Larkfield Park, Harold’s Cross. There were strong objections from neighbours, who argued that the development would be overbearing, and would cause problems with parking, traffic and surface water drainage, and that Mr X was deliberately misrepresenting his intentions with these houses.

In a formal objection lodged to the planning department of Dublin City Council, neighbours from the adjoining house observed

“the house is described as a 2-storey house. This is incorrect. The house is a 3 storey-house… there seems to be an attempt to conceal the true number of bed spaces, ie large storage areas on the first and second floors“

Another neighbour from the same road noted

“He has never rented his properties to families, choosing instead to rent by bed… currently (Feb 2017) rents both houses and has to date 9 tenants in residency”

Mr X stated that by building these houses he wanted to “contribute to solving housing shortage and providing fundamental rights” – which is ironic considering he’d already applied for a Social Housing Exemption Certificate. Also odd that he also mentions one of the houses will go to his son.


Throughout 2016 he re-applied several times with alterations to the plans, refused each time by Dublin City Council (DCC).

In face of this opposition, Mrs X launched a petition in support of the development which was signed, variously, by several estate agents, several businesses in Finglas & Tallaght, by his tenants in the two existing houses and several people who give their addresses as “homeless”. Again, remember that he had taken pains to apply for a Social Housing Exemption Certificate for the development.



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 Post subject: Re: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:39 am 
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Interesting to watch how it develops, but these bottom feeder Slumlords are a symptom of the problem rather than the problem itself.


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 Post subject: Re: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:56 am 
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https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social- ... -1.3334519
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A group of young tenants whose landlord attempted to evict them have welcomed a court injunction restraining him from entering their apartment until the New Year.

The six tenants, all in their 20s and from France, Germany, the United States and Brazil, have been sharing an apartment in Mountjoy Square, Dublin.

Their landlord, businessman Paul Howard, is alleged to have sought a rent increase more than twice the permissible 4 per cent in a designated rent pressure zone and, last Friday, to have changed the locks and cut off electricity to the apartment.


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 Post subject: Re: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:06 am 
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I'm on a phone and can't copy and paste but quote here from the link below .....

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Why would a businessman with prominent Fine Gael connections be securing Paul Howard's properties?


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 Post subject: Re: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:03 am 
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I'm on a phone and can't copy and paste but quote here from the link below .....

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Why would a businessman with prominent Fine Gael connections be securing Paul Howard's properties?


https://slumleaks.wordpress.com/


Very tenuous links to anyone of any importance in fg

But his dealings are certainly curious


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 Post subject: Re: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:30 am 
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I ❤ Slumleaks
Should've been around a decade ago. The fact that it exists at all, points to a serious problem in the landlording industry.
Even the mainstream media, Indo & RTÉ, have cottoned on to it.
Unfortunately, they've missed out on Ivor Callely, Frank 40 gaffs Fahy, etc
Slumleaks is the work of a collective of people suffering the effects of the housing crisis in Dublin and Ireland focusing on exposing the noxious deeds of some of the worst slumlords of the capital in their rapacious drive to extract maximum profit from renters and tenants misery. If you have had a negative experience with a horrendous landlord, by all means use our contact page to let us know about them


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 Post subject: Re: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:06 pm 
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cash only via a launderette..... Hmmm, sounds like this man is an honest and 100% tax- compliant professional landlord.


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 Post subject: Re: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:28 pm 
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A41 wrote:
cash only via a launderette..... Hmmm, sounds like this man is an honest and 100% tax- compliant professional landlord.

You have to admit though -- laundering money in a launderette is pretty audacious. Smart and ballsy even. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:52 pm 
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I'd say its quite a common way to do it, almost 100% cash based business, bookies probably a good way too! :nin


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 Post subject: Re: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:04 pm 
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He certainly knows how to sweat the assets.

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 Post subject: Re: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:47 am 
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When she went to cash the deposit cheque, she was told it was fraudulent, from an invalid bank.
Bank of Ireland advised her to notify the Gardai, which she did. She was never reimbursed.

Fake WeRe Bank cheques.


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 Post subject: Re: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:58 am 
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ps200306 wrote:
A41 wrote:
cash only via a launderette..... Hmmm, sounds like this man is an honest and 100% tax- compliant professional landlord.

You have to admit though -- laundering money in a launderette is pretty audacious. Smart and ballsy even. 8)

Doesn't the money get damp when you put it in the washing machine :?:


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 Post subject: Re: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:32 pm 
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Salamander wrote:
ps200306 wrote:
A41 wrote:
cash only via a launderette..... Hmmm, sounds like this man is an honest and 100% tax- compliant professional landlord.

You have to admit though -- laundering money in a launderette is pretty audacious. Smart and ballsy even. 8)

Doesn't the money get damp when you put it in the washing machine :?:


https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-a ... -1.2376265

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 Post subject: Re: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:02 am 
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This Howard fella is some piece of work

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social- ... -1.3352368
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Thomas Hamann, Rafael Francischini and Cosme Blanco were tenants at 7 Parkhill Way, Kilnamanagh, Dublin 24, where they paid rent of €1,400 per month. They said they had to deliver the money at the end of each month in cash to the Clean City Launderette, Talbot Street, Dublin, which is operated by Ms McClean.
Mr Howard was not represented at the RTB hearing, where the tenants said that soon after taking up the tenancy they became aware that a relative of Mr Howard was living in an annex at the end of the garden which was connected to the dwelling and used its electricity and gas....
...The tenants were served with notices to quit within three days, with the reason given being that the dwelling was “potentially dangerous”. The tenants, according to the RTB report, submitted that they were extremely concerned about Mr Howard’s behaviour and elected to leave.
However the manner in which they had been treated, they told the hearing, meant that they were at a loss in relation to a number of matters. They also never got their deposits back.
The hearing was told that at one stage Mr Howard had admitted he had entered the house and taken the wifi code from their modem. According to their submission, the tenants had changed the password after they had moved in and found that someone else was using the service for which they were paying. They were later told by the landlord that it was being used by his relative in the annex....
....The Kilnamanagh house is now being rented out on a per-bed basis, at €350 per month per bed, according to a recent online advertisement. The house had seven beds, the advertisement said....
...In his Mountjoy Square apartments Mr Howard has put up notices making certain claims about the nature of Irish law and his ability to make certain orders for obscure reasons.

A notice in one of his Mountjoy Square apartments states that any “implied right of access” is removed for any employee acting for the council, the Revenue Commissioners, banks, or debt collectors and that any “transgression” would be dealt with under common law.
Court records show that Mr Howard has initiated a number of High Court cases in recent years, acting as a litigant in person or without a legal representative.


So he likes to claim he'll get heavies involved if tenants won't do as their told. And he also seems to have a bit of the Freeman about him.
Are the Revenue Commissioners looking at him yet I wonder?
You'd think DCC would be out at all his gaffs at this stage from a safety aspect with all those beds crammed in...but I won't hold my breath on that one.


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 Post subject: Re: Slumleaks Ireland
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:52 pm 
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FreeFallin wrote:
This Howard fella is some piece of work

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social- ... -1.3352368
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...They said they had to deliver the money at the end of each month in cash to the Clean City Launderette, Talbot Street, Dublin, which is operated by Ms McClean.


That's even better... laundering money in a launderette operated by Ms McClean. :lol:

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