It might sound obvious to consider the outside of a property when viewing potential homes but as architect Dermot Bannon says, “if the shell of a hous(...)

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I am a part-time landlord with two apartments. I’ve tended to have good tenants and have always considered it reasonable to keep the rents lower than (...)

It would appear that the council has some issues if the planning file says the developer needs a completely separate drain. Photograph: iStock

I live in a row of 10 terraced houses that are served by a private drain that runs to the public sewer. I was surprised to learn recently that a devel(...)

Water penetration could be due to poor seals at the window frame/wall junctions. Photograph: iStock

I have an old house with bay windows and single glass panes and have a problem with dampness. It is really confined to the area under and above the ba(...)

Dunlin: more than 1,000 homes will lose gardens and parking places under plans to create 230km of expanded bus lanes and 200km of cycle lanes within a decade. Photograph: Alan Betson

Houses affected by the National Transport Authority’s plan to create 16 high-speed bus routes in Dublin could fall in value by a quarter, one property(...)

Diagnose the problem for a rad solution. Photograph: Getty Images

PROBLEM I have a gas-fired central heating system with 16 radiators. On the ground floor are eight radiators (including one in the conservatory); on (...)

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Question: I bought an apartment six months ago and have now discovered it has some structural problems. It was idle for a few years while the others w(...)

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I enjoy reading online from here in the US your articles on purchasing real estate. I am thinking of buying a small plot of land in Ireland to vacatio(...)

Asbestos-containing materials  should be safely removed by an asbestos-removal contractor and disposed of as asbestos waste.

I have plans to renovate my old central heating system but I have found there are big central heating pipes covered in asbestos in the kitchen. Also, (...)

 A landlord now has to provide a statutory declaration that they have to sign in front of their solicitor

I have been renting a two-bed apartment with my girlfriend for the past six years. The landlord is decent enough and he has put the rent up only once (...)

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