Ventilating a bathroom is essential to prevent damp and condensation and it is required under building regulations. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q We have an ongoing issue in a second floor bathroom. When there is a lot of rain (as recently) and presumably when the wind blows in a certain direc(...)

Brian Meldon, SCSI commercial agency professional group chair: “Many contractors are reportedly experiencing very limited access to finance”

Prime office and retail rents in Dublin are to rise by about 12 per cent in 2016, according to a new commercial property outlook from the Society of C(...)

The growth in rental prices is now outpacing the growth in property values

Instead of alleviating rental costs a new survey indicates that the latest measures could lead to further rent increases. After an average increase in(...)

The minimum pitch for a Velux window is 15 degrees so you cannot have a pitched roof with roof lights.

Q We need to replace the roof of a “lean-to” type extension with two Velux windows at the rear of the house. The flat-tiled roof has a pitch of only (...)

Q I planned to buy an apartment I saw advertised by an estate agency as an investment for my pension. I noticed the apartment was withdrawn from that (...)

Grafton Street: produced the best annual performance with returns reaching 8.3 per cent in the final quarter of 2015 and 28.1 per cent over the year as a whole

The Irish commercial property market recorded overall returns of 25 per cent in the last calendar year, according to the IPD/SCSI Ireland Quarterly P(...)

Lift maintenance in any residential development is a costly business and that can be particularly frustrating for owners in multi-unit complexes who don’t access the lift. Photograph: Thinkstock

I own a house in a private mixed development which consists of apartment blocks (which have lifts), private houses and duplex flats (these do not hav(...)

The graph shows the total number of units permitted in the Dublin region

Despite urgent calls for the construction of new homes in the capital to address accommodation shortages and soaring rental costs, latest figures reve(...)

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(...)