The Sisu Boutique Hotel, which was ravaged by flames last Friday, is involved in a complex ongoing legal tangle. The company that currently rents and manages the premises should have vacated them in February this year, according to a court's mortgage repossession order, seen by SUR.
This document is the tip of the iceberg of a legal dispute between the owner of the building and this tenant which has lasted for several years. The owner of the building was declared bankrupt and the property is needed back to cancel some if the debt. The owner is also asking for over one million euros in unpaid rent from the tenant running the hotel.
Lawyers for the owner say there was a failed attempt to take repossession of the building in May this year, when police were involved.
In 2017, a fire grenade was thrown into the building causing substantial damage to the ground floor, although the hotel was closed at the time.
Neighbours have also frequently complained about noisy outdoor parties with guests at the hotel.