During warm, humid weather, wood expands, during dry weather it contracts. In winter, when homes are heated and the air is dry, wood flooring gives up some of its moisture and therefore shrinks. Photograph: Thinkstock

  Q I have been renting an apartment for the past five years. I have enjoyed living in this apartment since I moved in and there(...)

It is the responsibility of the landlord to register the tenancy with the PRTB, whether he does this himself, or has the letting agent do it on his behalf. Photograph: Thinkstock

QMy wife and I were renting a house in North Dublin for some time, however we recently vacated the property due to the fact that I found a new job whi(...)

 Pauline Daly outgoing president of The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) with incoming president Andrew Nugent. Photograph: Colm Mahady / Fennells

The new president of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland faces issues unheard of just a few short years ago. Housing and skills shortages will (...)

An act of nuisance falls under Irish Tort Law, that is to say you are suffering an unreasonable interference to the enjoyment of your land which originated from another’s land. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I live in the middle of an inner city terrace and have a problem with open drains from my next door neighbour’s front drains. The neighbour’s(...)

If your house has a shared roof with other members of an owners’ management company scheme, any alterations would be an issue, as a roof is part of the common areas as prescribed in the Multi-Unit Developments Act

Q My wife and I bought a house in a private development about three years ago. The building company went bust and the houses were sold at a very big d(...)

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan. A group of State agencies have urged the council to ends its restrictions on high-rise buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

State agencies, including the National Transport Authority, the HSE and Nama, have urged Dublin City Council to remove restrictions on the constructi(...)

Loose windows: you should take steps to ensure that all of the individual apartment owners/occupants are notified so that they can have the opportunity to have their windows checked and re-secured if necessary

Q I live on the fourth floor of an apartment block. Recently one of the windows fell out on to my daughter who was standing in the kitchen (she hur(...)

Neighbours in an apartment development are contractually obligated to pay their service charges by way of their binding lease agreement that they entered into with the owners’ management company

Q I own a ground floor apartment in a small town in Co Mayo. I have lived here for nearly nine years and have paid the service charge every year. The (...)

Composite decking is easier to maintain and has a much longer life. Any new decking should also be installed on a slight slope to one side so that when rain water falls upon the decking it will fall off along the grooves towards one side. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q The raised decking at the rear of our house is nine years old. For the past year or so water has been collecting in the centre of it. I have trie(...)

New building regulations came into force in February 2014. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

There has been very good news in recent days on the rate of construction of new homes – or reasonably good news, depending on whose statistics you buy(...)