Archives for Property Management

Short Term Lettings – New Legislation Now In Place For Landlords

New planning legislative reforms to regulate the short-term letting sector came into effect on 1 July 2019. This legislation effects properties within Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs). Short term lettings in areas outside the RPZs are not impacted in any way by the new rules.   What Do These New Rules Mean for The Property Owner?   Property Owners involved in short-term lets or homesharing in a RPZ may require planning permission. This requirement for planning permission only applies to Property Owners in Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs)who: – Let out their entire home (principal private residence) for short-term lets of more
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Categories: Landlord Legislation and Property Management.

Excess Usage Of Water: Update (Irish Water)

8th August 2019 It is important to be abreast of the changing situation around excess usage of water. Irish Water will begin writing to customers shortly who are using in excess of 213,000 litres with advice on conservation and their first fix leak repair programme. Each household will receive an annual allowance for water services and no charges will apply for water services used up to the allowance threshold amount. The default annual allowance is 213,000 litres for households. Households with more than four occupants will be entitled to a higher allowance. All water services used above the allowance threshold
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Categories: News and Property Management.

Presenting a Case to the RTB – Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail!

The most important factor to remember when you are presenting a case to the RTB is to BE PREPARED.  Have your paperwork presented in an understandable clear format. Know your facts and ensure that you have evidence as proof of your case.  The devil is in the detail and this could be the difference between winning or loosing your case. Prior To The Hearing You are responsible for submitting evidence in support of your case, you must delete or redact any confidential information from your evidence e.g. your bank account details, addresses, phone numbers. etc. A copy of all evidence
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Categories: Property Management and RTB and Dispute Resolution.

Rent Arrears Procedure and Notices

What Happens If Your Tenant Does Not Pay Rent? A tenant is required to pay their rent in full and on time until the tenancy ends even where a dispute has arisen with the landlord. If rent is not paid it is a breach of the Tenancy Agreement. If there is rent arrears in the first 6 months of a periodic tenancy or a fixed term tenancy with a break clause,  a landlord can serve a 28 day Notice of Termination without giving any reason. If there is a fixed-term tenancy in place (with no break clause) the below two
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Categories: Property Management, Supporting Documents For Landlords, and Uncategorized.

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.