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Frustration as Minister avoids Clare questions on pyrite scheme

DESPITE new proposals on redress for homeowners with defective concrete blocks, there is still no clarity on when Clare will gain access to the scheme, or on what terms. At the request of the Clare Pyrite Action Group (CPAG) answers have been sought by three Clare TDs. The responses they have received have been described by the group’s founder, Dr Martina Cleary as “completing ignoring the questions and the pyrite issue in Clare”. Earlier this month The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) published proposals for the remediation of eight different dwelling types, including those in estates one one-off houses. Options range from full demolition and rebuilding to partial repair options. Significantly, the SCSI proposed grant support based on building costs for 2022. Previously, homeowners raised concerns about the difficulty in meeting eligibility for the revised Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme. They also voiced concerns that homeowners who did quality would be left with large shortfalls on their costs. Following …

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Renting guide to help students

Many of the disputes which arise between tenants and landlords are often due to the fact that the parties involved are not fully aware of their rights and responsibilities, according to the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI). The SCSI said this was particularly true of people who were renting a property for the first time, particularly students. To address this issue from the tenants’ perspective, the society has launched a Tenants Guide to Renting and is urging all renters, particularly those signing a rental agreement for the first time to consult it. Speaking at the launch, Pat Winters, chair of the SCSI Residential Property Management Group, said it was important that renters made informed decisions. “We want to provide tenants with the requisite information to help them avoid disputes but we also want to help them resolve them effectively if and when they arise. At this time of year a lot of students will be moving into rental accommodation …

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Construction tender prices rise

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) has confirmed that tender prices increased by 5% last year. The latest Construction Tender Price Index, which has been running since 1998 and is the only independent assessment of construction tender prices in Ireland shows that prices increased by 2.9% in the second half of 2014, giving an overall 5% annual increase for 2014. Micheal Mahon, vice-chairman of the Quantity Surveying Professional Group of the SCSI remarked, “Construction tender prices have continued to increase steadily since bottoming out in second half of 2010/first half 2011, and the rate of increase accelerated slightly during 2014. This trend is likely to continue during 2015 as activity in the industry picks up following the upturn in property transactions in recent years.” “The increase in construction tender prices is most apparent in the Greater Dublin area but is likely to spread out from the capital during this year. As construction activity picks up it is becoming apparent …

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