Bad service contracts

By Audrey SomnardLex Kleren Switch to French for original article

Marc Godart's Dublin property empire involves service contracts under the luxembourgish law. We showed them to a jurist.

It's an unusual case in Ireland. Marc Godart has become a minor celebrity in Dublin, where nobody has seen him for several months. He is being represented in court by his lawyers, but journalists and his victims believe that he has fled Ireland to escape the media hounding that the Luxembourger is facing. We have already mentioned the Godart case twice, explaining what the Irish are accusing him of. The list is long. In a capital beset by a deep housing crisis, laws have been tightened to protect tenants and limit short-term rentals such as Airbnb as much as possible. Marc Godart's speciality is to get rid of his tenants and turn his properties into short-term lets, or to multiply the number of tenants in his properties to unacceptable proportions. And if these tenants have the misfortune to complain to the relevant authorities, the sentence is immediate.

Illegal evictions by strong-arm tactics, overcrowding in accommodation that is not always up to standard, surveillance cameras in communal areas to monitor tenants' every move, and so on. The Godart family, Marc and his parents René and Denise, were able to buy homes during the 2008 crisis, which hit the island hard. Their actions have been documented for months by the Irish media.

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