House price inflation at new low as more homes hit market


Average house price in second quarter was €263,000, new figures show More residential properties were listed for sale in May than in any month since early 2008 as house price inflation eased to its lowest rate since late 2013. Daft.ie’s latest data shows housing prices were 3.7 per cent higher in the second quarter than […]

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New Legal changes affecting tenants rights and entitlements


Extension of Notice Periods Notice periods a landlord must give for tenancies lasting over 6 months and less than 7 years will be increased substantially.   Duration of Tenancy New Notice Period Former Notice Period Less than 6 months 28 days 28 days Not less than 6 months but less than 1 year 90 days […]

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The myth of the free council house: 'We're not just handing them over, that would be crazy


LAST YEAR, SOCIAL housing tenants paid almost €351 million to local authorities in rent. According to Mary Hayes, administrative officer for Dublin City Council housing allocations, getting a local authority home is “not as easy as people think”. And she said no one is simply handed a ‘free house’. There is a strict set of […]

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Landlords to be criminalised for breaching rent caps


Landlords who raise rents higher than the legally allowed limit in rent pressure zones will be criminalised and may be forced to re-let their property at the appropriate price, the Attorney General has warned. Séamus Woulfe SC told a Lawyers Against Homelessness (LAH) event on Thursday, hosted by Constance Cassidy SC at the Capuchin Day […]

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Scandal of 3,600 council homes now lying empty


Scandal of house left empty for two years by council A three-bed house just a short distance from the hotel where a homeless mother took her own life has been lying empty for more than two years after being sold to the local council. The furnished, three-bed detached bungalow is located off Main Street in […]

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Landlords and agencies have started asking people for viewing fees, says Threshold


HOUSING CHARITY THRESHOLD is calling for a change in legislation to protect tenants after reports of landlords asking for viewing fees. Agents working at the housing charity have recently received phone calls from people querying the practice. In one case, a young woman requested advice from Threshold. The woman expressed an interest in viewing a […]

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#RaisetheRoof Housing Protest


The National Homeless and Housing Coalition are proud to join forces with community and grassroots campaign groups, trade unions, students, women’s organisations, housing agencies and political parties in the biggest yet united campaign to fight for an end to the housing crisis. More than 80 organisations have come together under the slogan #RaisetheRoof. The Irish […]

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Land Development Agency aims to provide 150,000 new homes over 20 years


Homes classified as “affordable” and provided through the new Land Development Agency (LDA) would cost some €320,000 in Dublin, Cork and Galway under current market prices, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has said. The development of the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum will be one of the first projects to be undertaken by the new […]

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The ‘Economist’ says Dublin house prices are 25% overvalued


Dublin still more affordable than Vancouver, Paris and London, according to publication House prices in Dublin are 25 per cent overvalued against income, according to the Economist, which also finds in a new survey that property price growth in the city has outpaced growth in 22 other global cities over the past five years. The […]

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Dublin rental prices now €500-a-month higher than boom time


Rents across the country have risen for the ninth consecutive quarter, with the Dublin average now €500 above the boomtime figure according to Daft.ie. The latest quarterly bulletin from the property website paints a national picture of rents increasing across every county in the past year, the largest jump being over 20% in Limerick city. […]

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