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Sex club says it was evicted 'to make way for refugees'

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Members of a swingers club in Upper Austria have said they plan to sue the landlord of the building they rent after he terminated their rental contract and changed the locks without any warning.

The Metropolis swingers club in Kleinraming, near Steyr, says it was thrown out so that the landlord could rent the building out as refugee accommodation - and make more money. He denies this and says that he plans to sell the house.

"We opened Club Metropolis in September. But in December, the landlord terminated our rental agreement and changed the locks without any warning,” club chairman Jürgen F. told the Krone newspaper.

He and his girlfriend Janine accuse the building’s owner of throwing them out so that he could rent the 900 square metre property out to refugees.

"We recorded a telephone conversation in which the landlord told us that he could charge at least €12,000 a month if he hosted refugees in the house," Jürgen F. said.

However, the landlord said that he had been renting the house to swingers clubs for the past ten years and that he had always had problems with the rent not being paid on time.

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He said that now he planned to sell the house, and that possibly it would then be used to accommodate asylum seekers.

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