State’s biggest landlord backs €10m levy to fix Beacon defects

Ires Reit owns 25% of the apartments affected by structural issues at the Dublin complex

Ires Reit owns 25% of about 600 apartments affected by water damage and inadequate fire-safety provisions at Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford, Dublin.

Ires Reit owns 25% of about 600 apartments affected by water damage and inadequate fire-safety provisions at Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford, Dublin.

 

The largest single owner of apartments at Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford plans to vote in favour of a €10 million charge to fix fire-safety and other structural defects at the south Dublin complex.

Property investment company Ires Reit, the State’s largest private landlord, owns 25 per cent of about 600 apartments affected by water damage and inadequate fire-safety provisions at the complex.

Owners of apartments in blocks A, B1, C and D at Beacon are being asked by BSQ Management Company Ltd to pay €9.1 million into a sinking fund for fire remedial works.

Residents in blocks A and D are being asked for just over €1 million in relation to water damage.

Owners will be asked to vote in favour of the charges at the management company’s annual general meeting on February 6th.

Ires Reit expects to be charged about €2.7 million of this cost, which a spokesman for the company said it would vote in favour of paying.

However, individual owner occupiers have said they cannot afford the charge and are seeking a vote against the sinking-fund payments.

“Only around 20 per cent of the apartments are owned by owner occupiers, the rest are landlords, but these are huge figures for individual owners to have to pay,” said Killian Ryan, acting chairman of the recently-formed Beacon South Quarter Owners’ Group.

Extraordinary general meeting

Owners had not yet been presented with individual invoices Mr Ryan said, but he expected the bills would be in excess of €10,000 each.

“The overall sum involved came as a huge shock to most people, and we don’t feel we have been given adequate information on it.

“As individual owners we would be advocating voting against paying, and having an EGM [extraordinary general meeting] at a later date so that people can have time to make an informed decision.”

However, he said he was concerned that a decision of Ires Reit to vote in favour of the charge might make it difficult to secure this postponement.

Beacon South Quarter was built in 2005 by Landmark Enterprises.

The company went into receivership in 2010 and according to receiver Mazars, remains in receivership, although all apartments previously held by the company were sold to Ires Reit in 2014.

A report last year by fire consultants Jeremy Gardner and Associates, commissioned by BSQ Management Company, found a large number of fire-safety deficiencies which varied in seriousness .

They did not make any of the blocks “potentially dangerous buildings” that would require evacuation under fire regulations.

Fire-stopping deficiencies were detected but the report said the risk of fire spreading was “relatively low”.

All the fire doors needed remedial work and the fire alarms did not reach required decibel levels.

While residents have been asked to contribute €1.015 million in 2017 for water damage, a report by surveyors Scott Murphy found this could increase to €13.5 million between insured and uninsured costs.