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My tenant is in breach of planning laws. What can I do?

The following is a query a reader submitted to the Irish Times which Winters MD, Enda Mc Guane answered this week. Enda is a chartered planning and development surveyor and a member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, scsi.ie. Q. What options does a landlord have when served with a warning notice by the county council about six masts and antennae in the back garden of her house ere...
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As a landlord, what can I do at the end of a fixed tenancy if Part 4 rules apply?

The following is a query a reader submitted to the Irish Times which Winters MD, Enda Mc Guane answered. Enda is a chartered planning and development surveyor and a member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, scsi.ie. Q: As a landlord when the fixed tenancy reaches its expiry is there any advantage and can the tenant be required to enter another fixed tenancy? As I under...
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How do we insure personal belongings if we are renting our apartment?

How do we insure personal belongings if we are renting our apartment?
The following is a query a reader submitted to the Irish Times which Winters MD, Enda Mc Guane answered this week. Enda is a chartered planning and development surveyor and a member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, scsi.ie. Most tenants are unaware of their obligation to have their own insurance  Q. We are renting an apartment for which we wish to obtain a tenant’s or cont...
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How do I provide my electricity provider with a meter reading in an apartment block?

I live in an apartment block and my electricity provider wants me to provide a photo of my meter as the reads have been estimated for some months. How do I do this? It’s not uncommon for utility companies to require a read to provide a correct bill that reflects the usage from an apartment. Other instances where a meter reading may be required is when tenants are vacating a property or a swi...
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What can be done about short-let comings and goings?

Q I own an apartment in a small block in Galway city centre. One of the apartments in my building appears to be rented short-term as there are quite a lot of different people staying for a few days, arriving with suitcases and often waiting outside the front door of the building for someone to arrive to let them in. Generally, the people staying are polite and quiet and very friendly, but on...
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