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Irish students eye appeal of eviction from rental unit By Bridin Reynolds Hughes The plight of 17 Irish students recently evicted from their Re- hoboth Beach rental home may end up before a judge. Following their July 8 eviction, the students have sought counsel, claiming wrongful eviction and seeking re- imbursement of their remaining rent. "I can't speak for all the groups but this is a good group of kids," said Bill Fergnsen, coordinator of the Ocean City Irish Student Out- reach. "We f'wst asked the Realtor to consider the important role the foreign students play in the resort economy. Many employers rely on them and they come every summer believing this will be a great experience." He said the unwarranted action is not good for the resort's image abroad, where students determine their plans largely by word-of- mouth recommendations. Of the 17 college students, four have al- ready departed early for Ireland and three more are attempting to find flights home. Fergusen said he went door-to- door immediately after the inci- dent and found only neighbors who said the group was no prob- lem. To date, residents of seven of the immediate neighboring prop- erties have signed a statement that the Irish students were not a dis- turbance. Located at 1021 Scar- borough Ave. Extended, the house is in a residential neighborhood. The Rehoboth Beach Police have no reports of disturbance calls to the address this summer. Because the matter has escalat- ed to a lawsuit, the rental agency, Coldwell Banker, has declined comment. "The matter is now in litigation. We cannot comment any further," said rental manager Sharon Palmer. According to Michelle Kenn- edy, one of the Irish students visit- ing from County Cork, the silence from Coldwell Banker began be- fore the eviction became reality. While the group admits to re- ceiving one warning following a June 22 birthday party, the stu- dents said they had received no complaints since. "We had no phone call, no knock on the door since then. They turned up and said we were being evicted. We asked why they hadn't told us of complaints. We'd have copped on and gone to the neighbors to apologize," said Kennedy. Kennedy, and three other girls who have since found an apart- ment at added expense, also con- tend Coldwell Banker was not re- ceptive to their reports of plumb- ing, air conditioning and structur- al problems in the home. "They advertised it as having full air conditioning, but the up- stairs units did not work. They told us there were four baths, but only three work," said Deidre Harrington, also of County Cork. Their lease also provides for a washer and dryer, but the students said the washer flooded the first day and was never replaced. "Al- so, when we called about the roof leaking they came and nailed a piece of wood to the ceiling," said Kennedy. The girls said they were shocked when Realtor Bill Burton and a Rehoboth police car came to the house at 4:20 p.m. July 8. 'q'hey said after 6 p.m. we would Continued on page 16 WSFS i LISTED Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB $25 minimum deposit required to open account. Free checking offer may be withdrawn at any time, Beach towels aailable while supplies last. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 003 - 9 A group of Irish students is pursuing legal aseistance in battling a recent eviction from this house, 1021 Sear- borough Ave. Extended. Coldwell Banker leased the seven-bedroom home to them - for 17 people - in June for $18,530. They were evicted July 8 and are seeking a refund of $11,000 unused rent. The house is currently for sale and empty. Shown standing are 0-r) Orla Buck- ley, Patrieia Long and Miehelle Kennedy; seated is Deidre Harrington. The students traveled from County Cork, Ireland on a one-time-only J1 work vis Brldin Reynolds Hughes photo At our new branch at Lighthouse Plaza. Now you can get free checking just by stopping in and opening a WSFS Free Checking account at our new branch at Lighthouse Plaza. And not only do you get free checking, you also get a really cool beach towel- free. It's just our way of saying thanks. While you're there, you may want to check out our other services that make banking in Rehoboth a little more extraordinary. For more information stop by our new branch at 9 Lighthouse Plaza, Rehoboth Beach or call one of our knowledgeable Associates at 302-226-8240. WSFS. Freedom from the ordinary. WSFS00 1-888-WSFSBANK WSFS Rehoboth Beach Branch 9 Lighthouse Plaza Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302-226-8240 -PT -IIITIffmffflHT"I-'TTT-T-YV-FHIRIBHHt I;11 i[llllilll Illl ....... 'liGII IHIIIRIIIIIIIi illIlilIiilIIFIITiri'ITF'TNF'