The office sector was the star performer in the second quarter of 2015

Total returns from Irish investment property hit 6.3 per cent in the quarter to June 2015, rising above the 4.3 per cent returned in the first quarter(...)

Capital plan: Studio apartments, for rent only, could be built in Dublin if proposals for are accepted. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

New studio apartments, for rent only, could be built in Dublin if proposals for the next city development plan are accepted by councillors. The propos(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: wrote to council chief executive Owen Keegan last month. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

In December 2007, Dublin City Council changed its development plan to increase the minimum size of one-bedroom apartments to 55sq m and restrict apart(...)

It is advisable to discuss any boundary work you propose to undertake with your neighbour, or neighbours, depending on its possible visual impact. Photograph: Thinkstock

QI have been living overseas for a number of years and in that time rented a house in south Dublin to tenants. I returned in recent months, and for me(...)

It cannot be assumed that low levels of lead in test results indicate the absence of lead pipework. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q As a pregnant woman with young children, I am particularly concerned about the recent media reports surrounding dangerous lead readings in d(...)

Planning an extension: Try to ensure that, prior to committing to the actual build, the design meets, as much as possible, their current and future requirements. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My house insurance is currently up for renewal and I am trying to figure out the cost to rebuild. It is a Dublin semi-detached four-bed. The widt(...)

One of the house rules for a development says: “No animals which cause a nuisance and no dogs.” But what is the status of this “rule”? And has it any legal weight? Photograph: Thinkstock

Q We live in a small development in Dublin that is effectively all apartments. Each property has its own hall door to the street so there are no li(...)

Inspectors  get a closer look at a damaged balcony that collapsed at Library Gardens Apartments in downtown Berkeley, California killing six students. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Six Irish students were killed after the fourth floor balcony of an apartment in Berkeley, California, collapsed. The balcony became detached from the(...)

There is no legislation in Ireland regulating the height of trees or hedges and there is no right to sunlight or natural light to your garden

QI have a very small garden which I frequently sat in and enjoyed, but not any more as the sun no longer reaches it. My neighbour, who has a massive g(...)

For sale: but are all buyers welcome?

Cash sales are a familiar part of the landscape when it comes to second-hand goods. But houses? It caught The Block’s eye recently when a number of pr(...)