A property management firm in Dublin has made headlines after asking its house-bound tenants to refrain from ‘high impact’ activity with their homes.

The Coronavirus crisis has created uncertainty, stress and financial problems for many landlords, but also moments of joy as many of them have rallied around the NHS to offer nurses free accommodation.

But today the crisis has also prompted mirth after an email sent out by a lettings agency in Dublin asked its tenants to stop exercising at home with dumbbells because it’s causing the properties they live in to start falling apart.

Belgrave Property Management, which manages hundreds of apartments across the city on behalf of many different landlords, has written to its tenants to ask them not to engage in ‘high impact’ exercise.

The agency says it decided to contact the tenants after the Coronavirus crisis lockdown forced many of them, who live in the small, period studio and one-bedroom apartments the agency specialises in, to do their gym workouts at home.

“Please be aware that the period buildings cannot sustain sudden high-impact movements which may cause damage to old ornate plaster work, ceiling roses, cornices and in some instances could cause the ceiling to collapse,” the email, which was leaked to The Times, says

“We advise to refrain from doing heavy impact workouts or using items such as dumbbells/kettlebells in their flats.

“Please feel free to do non-impact exercises like yoga, push-ups, sit ups, etc in your flat. If you wish to do more strenuous activities with weights, then we suggest doing them at the back of the premises or at your local park. Thank you for your co-operation.”

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