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Dublin PBSA Forced to Close

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A block of privately run student accommodation in Dublin has been forced to close amid safety concerns.

Residents based at the 210-bed scheme dubbed Montrose have been forced to relocate, following the detection of fire safety problems with the building.

The building could be shut for the full academic year due to the extend of the remedial works required.

Returning students, as well as those who had reserved places, have been told that the company had no option but to immediately suspend the use of the building.

A letter sent to students said: "This means you will not be able to move in to Montrose as expected at the start of your tenancy date."

"I know this is a huge imposition as you are due to move in shortly - and I want to apologise sincerely for this disruption - but the safety of our residents and staff has to be our number one priority and we therefore see no option but to take this decision."

The proactive decision to close the building by the operator Aparto stemmed from renovation works to the outside of the building, at which point problems were detected.

The company said it has arranged for all those booked in for the coming academic year to transfer to alternative accommodation in Dublin city centre. Students will also be entitled to a full refund should they wish to opt for alternative accommodation on offer.

In addition, Aparto has offered students compensation in the form of a bus pass or voucher towards a bike or scooter to the value of EUR 1,000 for those who transfer their licence agreement to another Aparto building.