A couple have agreed to remove their possessions from the home they rented for 15 years following a long-running dispute with the bank appointed receiver who wants to sell the house.

Violet, 61 and Martin Coyne, 73, said representatives from the Sheriff's Office had called to the house in Carpenterstown in Dublin 15 at 7.30am this morning and changed the locks.

Mrs Coyne arrived in court in a dressing gown, saying they were not able to regain access to the house this morning to collect their belongings. Mr Coyne was without his shoes.

ACC Bank sought to repossess the house after the owner went into receivership.

The case was before the courts in July when the couple failed to comply with an earlier order to leave.

Counsel for the couple Suzanne Boylan queried whether the sheriff had the legal powers to enforce the order this morning.

However, counsel for the receiver Steven Byrne said the Sheriff's Office was independent of the courts.

The case was adjourned until October, although the court was told that agreement had been reached for a representative of the Coynes to collect their belongings this evening at 7pm.

Outside the court the couple said they had nowhere to go.  

Mr Coyne said they had tried very hard to get alternative accommodation but rents had doubled in recent times.

The couple are also in receipt of rent allowance which many landlords will not accept. 

Mrs Coyne said her grandchildren came to the house every day and they now had nowhere to go with them.