Dad and three children living in the bedroom while the new dream house is empty

A father and his three children have spent months sharing a single room for months after their dreams of finally moving into a permanent home turned sour.

Syed Fahran and his family bought a house in Cornerpark on Peamount Road, Newcastle last year, but a dispute over the connection to the water supply has left 20 families in limbo and unable to move in.

Syed told Dublin Live he had already enrolled the children in the local school but had to keep them at home due to the distance from his temporary accommodation.

He said: “We have enrolled our three children in school in Newcastle, but I cannot take them from Sandyford to Dublin 22 because I will not be able to work if I do.

“I had to take three weeks off to get them to school, 40 minutes away by car. After three weeks I had to return to work and

“I spoke with the school. My kids don’t go to school now and I work from home. I am the only person who can take them but if I do I cannot work because of the traffic. It’s a 160 minute commute for me each day to get them to school. We’ve been homeless for two months. “

The family lived in an Airbnb, which cost € 250 per day, as well as student accommodation before staying with friends.

The development consists of 25 housing units, the majority of which have been fully completed since the start of this year, and a few more since mid to late last year.

A part of the town planning permit relating to the route of the water network pipes was withdrawn, with the developer responsible for finding an alternative solution.

The pipeline network was then diverted onto land owned by a third party, which led to an impasse between the developer and Irish Water.

Houses were built and pipelines for water supply and sewage were laid to connect to an existing network on Peamount Road.

The pipes were due to be updated, but a dispute between developers Alanna Homes and Irish Water over where they were redirected resulted in the work not being scheduled.

This left many buyers homeless, as they expected to be allowed to move in in July 2020 and were unable to secure short-term leases until work was completed.

“We are going through a very difficult time,” said Syed.

“I got an email from the builders three months ago saying our house was ready, it just needs a final inspection so you can come and have a look.

“We reported a few errors and were told it would take two weeks to fix things, but nothing was mentioned about Irish Water.

“We gave notice to our owner where I had lived for four years, everything was installed in Sandyford. It was a great neighborhood with everything around, and the very next day he was able to find new tenants, so we had to leave on August 6th.

“As the house was not ready, we took temporary student accommodation for three weeks in the hope of moving to the new house after this period. It was very expensive, I was charged € 2,200 for 21 days.

“There were more delays from Irish Water and they said they would let us know when the issue was resolved. By that time, I had left my home and was waiting in student accommodation with my three children. I have two sons who are seven years old and a daughter who is six years old.

“I didn’t know how long it would take before we could move in, we were told the student accommodation lease could not be extended, so we had to leave.”

But that was just the start of Syed’s constant travel around the county with his family.

He explains: “At that time, there was nothing. I had to move to a place where I was paying 250 € per day. This excluded other running expenses like food.

“I never take any favors, but I had to contact a friend because I didn’t know where to go with my family. So I had a place sorted for a week, I had to move permanently because I can only find places with a minimum lease of one year.

“I had to move in with another friend, I lived in a room with my three children for a week, I had to move to a new place where I am now, but it’s only for two weeks.

“Now we have to leave by Sunday, we still don’t know when we can move into our house. Will it take weeks or months? There is nowhere I can move short term in Ireland, although we do find it somewhere it probably won’t be near the children’s school.

“We have all our furniture in stock and it costs € 250 a month, we have retailers calling us to tell us to collect our things for the house – but we have nowhere to put them. We have moved so many times that we only have two basic bags with the clothes we need.

“One of my sons also recently had leg surgery, he’s in a cast, it’s hard to deal with everything. All the problems come at the same time, but he’s better now. We are so tired we just need some clarity they have no idea how we are living while waiting.

, another person who is waiting to move into their house spoke to Dublin Live. He claims to live in “a storage unit” because his new house is not yet ready.

He said: “Financially it is very difficult month to month when you are under a microscope and for our own head space we are in an apartment but all of our things are paid, some are here some are always with retailers.

“It doesn’t fit where we are, it takes up so much space, we basically live in a storage unit.

“There are 19 other families waiting to move into newly built homes and this is blocked by legal paperwork between Irish Water, the builders of Alanna Homes and South Dublin County Council. We were promised that we could move in during the summer of 2020.

“We are stuck in contracts and the builders have told us that we can withdraw from the contracts, but we are stuck with the price we paid at the time, which is lower than the current real estate market.

“A lot of people are waiting, we don’t know how long it’s going to take. We’re stuck, when you’re saving for a mortgage you can’t do anything, you have to save your money.

“You have to show the bank that you can save every month, but that doesn’t take into account that we’re still renting out as well. But the price of short-term rentals is ridiculous.

“Furniture stores, flooring suppliers, installers and retailers are chasing us by asking us to get things out of the warehouse because they have been there for so long.

“We were left in the dark for a year so we called a protest and complained to the builders, Irish Water, but they can’t share anything with us because of GDPR, they can only share with the builder.

“All of this legal stuff needs to be sorted out, we’ve been waiting for over a year to move in. We want to start moving forward and living our lives.”

Independent advisor Francis Timmons also told Dublin Live: “I fully support the families who bought their homes in Cornerpark Newcastle in May 2020 and have been told they will be there by July 2020. They are now 14 months old. and more and still not in their new homes.

“The problem is between Alanna Homes and Irish Water. It appears that the pre-planning agreement for the Irish Water connection called for Alanna Homes to connect pipes to Peamount Road.

“However, after construction Alanna Homes was informed that this would not be possible as the Peamount Road pipelines were to be upgraded by Irish Water and this would not happen for a few years.

“This is not good enough and needs to be resolved urgently”

A spokesperson for Irish Water said: “For this development, Irish Water is ready to facilitate site login as soon as the developer can confirm that they have obtained the relevant permissions from other site owners to log in via their sites. “

South Dublin County Council and Alanna Homes have been contacted by Dublin Live for comment.

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