Monthly Archives: June 2017

Paying the price for costly and outdated regulations

Last week’s column discussed some recent history, in particular the regulatory backlash to the building boom that took place between 2000 and 2007. The main point was that many believe that the volume and quality of building was a result … Continue reading

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Rampant Japanese knotweed undermining house values and a hidden cost to buyers

The rampant spread of an invasive plant species is devaluing properties substantially and costing home owners tens of thousands of euro to remedy. Japanese knotweed can now be found “in every county in Ireland” and there is a chronic lack … Continue reading

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Fears as many as 70pc of apartments built here between 2000 and 2008 are fire deficient

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland says that even before the Grenfell Tower fire in London, there had been “major concerns” over fire safety in multi-unit dwellings in Ireland, particularly those built between 2000 and 2008. One fire-proofing expert believes … Continue reading

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Property price rises pick up steam again as hikes up over 10pc

The pace of property price rises has picked up again. They were up 10.5pc in the year to April, which was stronger than the 9.6pc increase in March, according to the latest information from the Central Statistics Office. Prices rose … Continue reading

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