Apartment building management: Payment of fees to a non-licensed company for the maintainance of communal areas is against the law

A recent question mentioned that directors of self-managed apartment blocks are not entitled to remuneration. Does this also apply to management co(...)

Handing back the keys: a deposit retention is a frequent issue that crops up at the end of tenancy agreements. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I plan to leave my house, which I have rented for the last year, on December 30th. I notified my landlord who informed me that, since I have rent(...)

We know steadily rising property prices, Central Bank lending rules and soaring rental costs are stymieing would-be housebuyers looking to acquire (...)

Insulating an attic is the first and best way to preserve heat in a home. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My husband and I recently purchased a house. In the process of getting to know our neighbours, one of them informed us that there may be water un(...)

The survey also found that 50 per cent of people don’t know the difference between a property valuation and a structural survey

The TV ad for home insurance in which the hapless homeowners lapse into a trance while the broker outlines details of their policy surely strikes a(...)

The placement of external shutters can change the appearance of a property and for this reason planning permission is required. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I am in the process of retiring to Ireland from the US and have recently viewed an apartment here which I fell in love with. I tried to investiga(...)

The key to a successful building project is proper planning.  Photograph: Thinkstock

My next-door neighbour is erecting a stand-alone structure ie, it is not attached to the side or rear of his house – of about 32.5sq m (350sq ft) a(...)

It is important to establish whether the chimney is shared between the two properties or is serving one property only.

Q My next door neighbour’s (rental property) chimney appears to be leaking a water and soot mixture down the walls of our house (the hall walls do(...)

Mary Hughes, president of the Irish Planning Institute, will discuss planning for future housing demand. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The timing of this year’s Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) annual conference may have been prophetic when it was scheduled within two day(...)

All estate agents are required to issue a letter of engagement in the form specified by the PSRA. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My house has been on the market since April. At the start there were quite a few viewings but that has slowed to a trickle. On the advice of the age(...)