When the pandemic arrived in March last year, Cora Monaghan had one immediate family member in Ireland — her grandfather, in Donegal. In April, she gave the landlords of her rented home on Merrion Road, Dublin, the requisite 35 days’ notice and moved back to the northwest.
“My landlords, Period Door Properties, promised that if I followed the procedures to quit — delivered a handwritten letter by registered post and provided photographic evidence of it and a clean, undamaged room — they would return the deposit,” she said.
That turned out not to be the case. Period Door Properties (PDP) claimed that its accounts department was out of action because of the pandemic and that it was unable to furnish the €1,500 deposit that Monaghan
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