Category: Property Law

  • Architectural plans for house building-some copyright issues

    Are you thinking about buying a site and building a house? A site with plans? Have you ever considered the intellectual property rights, such as copyright, which may attach to the plans? This is an issue that is easy to overlook. I have acted for many clients, mainly young couples, who have bought a site […]

  • What development is exempt under Irish planning laws?

    Certain works on property can be carried out without the need for planning permission. These works are called “exempt development”. How do you know what is exempt and what requires planning permission? Sources of planning exemption There are two main sources of exemption from the requirement for planning permission in Irish law: Section 4 of […]

  • The First Home Scheme Support Initiative for Home Ownership-the Essentials

    The First Home scheme has been launched by the government in July 2022 with the purpose of making it easier for first time buyers to buy new homes. The First Home Scheme will do this by providing part of the purchase price of the new home. Key points about this new initiative are: It is […]

  • Residential lettings: what are the obligations of landlords and tenants?

    The obligations of landlords and tenants, and the statutory basis for the Private Residential Tenancies Board which deals with disputes, are set out in the Residential Tenancies Act 2004. The obligations of landlords are set out in section 12 of the Residential Tenancies act 2004: Obligations of landlords. 12.—(1) In addition to the obligations arising […]

  • BCMS (Building Control Management System) Essentials-what you need to know

    The BCMS (Building Control Management System) was brought about by the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. no. 9/2014). The purpose of these regulations is to strengthen the previous regime for the control of building activity. It does this by providing statutory certificate of design and construction, lodgement of compliance documentation with the local authority/building […]