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MURPHY WARNS HOMEOWNERS OF GROUND RENTS SCAM

Press Release 25th July 2011


Independent TD for Kildare North Catherine Murphy following a number of contacts from worried Leixlip constituents has issued a public warning regarding bogus Ground Rent demands.

The constituents concerned have recently received letters demanding payment of ground rents on their properties however having investigated the credentials of the “partnership” concerned Murphy has confirmed that it has no authority to demand such payments,

 

This situation is very worrying for those who’ve received these letters as many peoples’ first instinct is to pay bills when they’re received and this represents an unexpected and substantial demand.  I’m asking people to be vigilant and only to pay such bills if they’re one hundred percent certain that they’re genuine and, in particular, I want to highlight various tell-tale-signs that should raise the suspicions of recipients.

 

Having seen a number of the letters in question Murphy highlighted three very important omissions that suggest foul play, they are:

These demands carry no phone number; they feature no company or partnership registration number; and, they are addressed to “The Owner” and not a specific individual.

The second of those points was one of the most important factors in Murphy’s ability to determine that the “River Forest Partnership” had no legal entitlement to demand such rents,

In order to demand money in this manner a company, business or partnership must be registered with the Companies Registration Office (CRO).  And, having spoken with the Companies Registration Office and checked their website (www.cro.ie), I can confirm that the River Forest Partnership is not registered with them and therefore is not entitled to demand money from homeowners.

The Kildare North T.D. went on to highlight that prior to paying any such demand homeowners should themselves contact the CRO to establish whether the sender is entitled to seek such a payment from them.  Furthermore, she has forwarded details of the situation to the Gardaí who have confirmed that they are making enquiries.

Worryingly, having spoken with her Dáil Technical Group colleague Clare Daly from Dublin North, Murphy has confirmed that similar letters have been distributed in that area also.

This is not an isolated incident and the wider the publicity the situation receives the better for homeowners throughout the country.  I’d be urging vigilance against such scams at any time but as money is so tight for so many people right now it’s vital that people step back and really examine who they’re handing their money over to.

ENDS

 

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