Minister for the Environment

Building
Minimum apartment sizes cannot be built, insist RIAI

Minimum apartment sizes cannot be built, insist RIAI

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland has said that the new minimum apartment sizes proposed by the Department of the Environment cannot be built. Smaller apartments were to be permitted under new planning guidelines published by the Department in December last year. The guidelines…
General
Landlords consider legal action against Government’s new rent rules

Landlords consider legal action against Government’s new rent rules

The Irish Property Owners' Association has said landlords consider the new rent rules as unjust and unfair. It said rent reviews every two years appear to be unconstitutional. Yesterday, the Government announced its 'New Deal for Tenants', which along with the two-year rent review also includes increased notice periods…
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Landlords may have to give evidence supporting rent rises

Landlords may have to give evidence supporting rent rises

Landlords seeking a rent increase might have to provide supporting evidence of rents for three comparable properties to justify the rise, under proposals being considered by the Government. Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan are still in discussions about…
Building
Reduced social housing quota set to lead to rise in building activity

Reduced social housing quota set to lead to rise in building activity

A significant increase in housebuilding is expected in coming months as builders take advantage of new, reduced requirements for the provision of social housing. Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has directed all local authorities to begin enforcing new regulations on developers that include a reduction in…
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