German investor pays €40m for Clonskeagh homes – The Irish Times

US-owned Bain Capital is understood to have secured around €40 million from the sale of 72 high-end homes in the south Dublin suburb of Clonskeagh to a fund controlled by German investor Real IS. The deal, which was completed in recent days, sees the fund secure ownership of 63 two to four-bedroom apartments and nine

Tenant demand eases in October: Propertymark | Mortgage Strategy – Mortgage Strategy

The average number of new prospective tenants per letting agent branch dropped from 83 in September to 71 in October, says Arla Propertymark. It’s in the North West where the most people are looking, at an average of 163 potential tenants per branch. Yorkshire and the Humberside, Wales, and Northern Ireland jointly contain the fewest

Mary McAleese, Zig & Zag and Hozier among those reading audio stories to fight homelessness – Irish Examiner

Mary McAleese, Zig & Zag and Hozier are among the list of 50 household names who have recorded audio stories for a new ‘Listening Library’ by national housing charity Threshold. Threshold’s Listening Library features subscriptions to Spoken Words for adults and Bedtime Stories for children at a cost of €20 each. Both contain over 25

​Tenancy deposit resolution body selected as New Homes Ombudsman – Housing Today

A non-profit company that handles disputes over tenancy deposits has been selected to be the New Homes Ombudsman. The Dispute Service won a competitive tendering process run by the independent, non-profit New Homes Quality Board. It will enforce a new New Homes Quality Code currently being finalised, which is aimed at addressing public concern over

EPCs: How They May Affect the Value of Your Home – 24Housing – 24housing

This article explains what Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are and clarifies the rules surrounding the legislation, before assessing just how important an EPC is to homebuyers and landlords in terms of a property’s future value. What is an EPC? It is a four-page document incorporating a traffic light system of A-G gradings to examine a

Agents warn politicians that investors could quit buy… – Letting Agent Today

Buy to let investors many quit the sector if proposals in the Northern Ireland Private Tenancies Bill go-ahead in their existing form, agents have told politicians.  ARLA Propertymark’s Daryl McIntosh has told the Northern Ireland Executive that some proposals in the bill are welcome – but others not. The warning came in McIntosh’s evidence to

Rory Hearne: The hidden housing crisis for people with disabilities – Irish Examiner

Ciara is a brave and articulate young woman. But she is homeless, and sleeping in her car. In 2019, her private rental accommodation was becoming unsuitable for her deteriorating health needs.  She couldn’t find any suitable private rental accommodation and her Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) was insufficient. So she was made homeless. She told her

Propertymark issues warnings over the Northern Ireland Private Tenancies Bill – Property Reporter

Daryl McIntosh has described the proposals in the Northern Ireland Private Tenancies Bill, stating “some are very welcome, some don’t go far enough and some need to go forward with caution.” A well-known voice for the property sector in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Daryl McIntosh, Propertymark’s Policy Manager gave oral evidence on the 18th

'Unintended consequences' of proposed Tenancies Bill could see landlords flee the market – Property Industry Eye

A number of buy-to-let landlords will flee the market if the proposals in the Northern Ireland Private Tenancies Bill go-ahead in their existing form. That is the stark warning issued to the Northern Ireland Executive. Daryl McIntosh has described the proposals in the Northern Ireland Private Tenancies Bill, stating “some are very welcome, some don’t

When money was too tight to mention – The Irish Times

My father, who died in 2017, was always proud of the fact that he’d had three retirement parties. He had a permanent job in the forestry service. Then he took early retirement and worked in the private sector, retired again, and then retired a third time. From a large family on a poor farm in