Irish furniture business on brink of eviction secures injunction

Irish furniture business Design Features Ltd has secured a High Court injunction over its alleged eviction from a Dublin warehouse.

Design Features Ltd was told to vacate the premises on Finches Business Park, Long Mile Road, Dublin after failing to pay rent in April following the coronavirus crisis.

Court documents stated that the business was up-to-date with payments other than that month and in turn had allegedly been refused access to the warehouse from 9 April when it had an incoming stock delivery that it needed to store.

It was also stated that the business has been using the site for the past 22 years with no prior issues and is currently tied into a five year lease dating from December 2018.

Design Features argued that under its lease for the premises and the emergency measures introduced by the Government in response to the Covid-19 crisis the alleged eviction was ‘not permissible’.

Therefore, solicitors Sherwin O’Riordan, acting on behalf of Design Features, said that the case was down to the ‘prevention of access amounted to unlawful eviction’ and that the site owners were ‘in breach of the lease’ and the ‘Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020’, which includes a provision against evictions for the emergency period.