The better insulated the attic space is at ceiling level, then the colder the attic will be and thus the risk of condensation occurring will be higher

Q I’ve noticed that the rafters in my attic are extremely wet. I’ve checked that there is adequate ventilation coming into the attic. What else could (...)

Minister Jan O’Sullivan with Vincent Hickey of SCSI

Getting a deposit back on a rental property often leaves the renter feeling guilty until proven innocent and ultimately short changed. A new guide pub(...)

When you purchase an apartment you enter into a contract with the owners’ management company, with an obligation to pay service charges in full each year. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I bought an apartment in a large complex in Dublin in 2006. I could initially afford my service charge payments in addition to my mortgage repaym(...)

House prices in Dublin climbed 21 per cent in 12 months

The scale of the urban/rural divide in the housing market has been laid bare in the latest house-price report to be published by property website da(...)

Refurbishing an apartment with electric heating: there are a whole range of heat emitter models with varying degrees of efficiency. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I’m interested in two properties in Ireland. Both are part of a development area with annual management fees. I have made enquiries as to how much t(...)

Gina Quinn, chief executive of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and SCSI president Pauline Daly. Photograph: Fennell Photography

Anyone who has ever thought about setting up or running a business risks being caught out by hidden costs.Being able to afford to rent or buy a commer(...)

Many owners’ management companies arrange for a communal dish to be installed so as to allow the members avail of satellite television. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My girlfriend and I bought an apartment in a large complex last year. We were informed at the time that the management company in the complex doe(...)

Draughts from downlights: insulation should not cover a spotlight as they can overheat and blow. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I had my house renovated last year, which involved insulating the entire house, some internal and external, a new boiler and a new kitchen, shower r(...)

You will be substantially dependant on the goodwill and cooperation of your neighbour to limit tree height in the adjoining garden. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q Our neighbours, with whom we have an acrimonious relationship, have placed an oil boiler along a wall that separates our properties. Its pipe is fac(...)

David Duffy, AIB chief executive and president of the Irish Banking Federation. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The property market has reached a “tipping point” where demand for homes in Dublin is exceeding supply, according to AIB chief executive David Duffy. (...)