Archives for Property Management

Are You A Compliant Landlord? Changes To Be Aware Of!

There have been a number of changes in recent legislation (June 2019).  To be a compliant Landlord, you need to be aware of theses changes.  Changes in the legislation are both complicated and complex.   Rent Reviews – Legislation around rent reviews has changed.   There are new requirements in the notice;  ensure that you are using the latest notice which is available here.   The change commenced on the 1st July, any rent review carried out on or after that date must contain the new items.   Rent reviews served prior to 1st July 2019,  correctly completed, abiding by the legislation in
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Categories: First Time Landlord, Landlord Legislation, and Property Management.

Irish Water – Short Update

The legislation surrounding the provision of information hasn’t changed since 2015. Please see below short update on excess usage – more information will follow in the coming weeks. Update Irish Water  Q. Must I still notify IW if I’m moving in or out? A. Where there is a change in the occupation of a dwelling in receipt of water services from Irish Water there is an obligation on the owner of that dwelling to (a) either register with Irish Water or (b) notify Irish Water that he or she is not the occupier of the dwelling and provide Irish Water
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Categories: News, Property Management, and Uncategorized.

What Are The Minimum Standards For Rented Residential Accommodation?

In Ireland, rented properties must meet certain minimum standards set out in legislation. Landlords must also be aware of their safety responsibilities. The Housing Standards for Rented Accommodation regulations were recently updated, effective 1st May 2019. All rental properties must comply with the standards  at the commencement of the tenancy and also during the tenancy.. Failure to comply with the minimum standards can result in penalties and prosecution. For each unit let or available for letting, as a Landlord you must ensure that the rental property is in a proper state of structural repair.  You  must maintain the property in
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Categories: First Time Landlord, Landlord Legislation, and Property Management.

Are You In A Rent Pressure Zone? Know How To Conduct A Rent Review.

Rent Pressure Zones were introduced in Ireland in 2016. In Rent Pressure Zones rents can only rise by up to 4% annually. This applies when rents are set at the start of a tenancy and when rents are reviewed during an ongoing tenancy. A landlord must tell the tenant what the amount of rent that was last set under the tenancy for the dwelling. A landlord must provide the date the rent was last set under a tenancy for the dwelling. A landlord must provide a statement as to how the rent set under the tenancy of the dwelling has been
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Categories: First Time Landlord, Landlord Legislation, Property Management, Rent Increases, and Rent Pressure Zone.

Ending A Tenancy – Termination Notices

When Can You End A Tenancy? In the first 6 months If a tenancy has lasted less than 6 months, the landlord can end the tenancy and does not have to give a ground as to why the tenancy is ending. Click HERE for Termination Notice in the First 6 Months End of a Part 4  Landlords can end a tenancy at the end of a Part 4 and do not have to give a ground as to why the tenancy is ending, other than requiring the property back. Click HERE for Termination Notice End of Part 4 Other grounds
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Categories: First Time Landlord, Property Management, and Supporting Documents For Landlords.

What Landlords Need To Know About Rent Increases And Substantial Refurbishment

Works can be carried out to your rental property but if they do not meet the definition of Substantial Change below –  a Landlord cannot increase the rent. Please take notice of these rent increase rules. Refurbishment/Change works that commenced on or after 4th June 2019 , must comply with the new legislation if there is an intention to increase the rent to market rate. The definition is as follows:  A substantial change in the nature of the accommodation provided under the tenancy shall only have taken place where— (a) the works carried out to the dwelling concerned— (i) consist
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Categories: Landlord Legislation, Property Management, and Rent Increases.

Reminder To Landlords – BER Certificates

A Building Energy Rating (BER) certificate is similar to the energy label for household appliances. From January 2009, a BER Certificate is compulsory for all buildings being constructed, or offered for sale or rent. The certificate rates your building on a scale of A-G. A-rated homes are the most energy efficient and will tend to have the lowest energy bills. G-rated are the least energy efficient. A BER certificate is valid for a period of up to 10 years while there are no changes made to the dwelling that will negatively affect its energy performance. As 10 years have passed
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Categories: Landlord Legislation, News, and Property Management.