27 January 2017 – BRegs Weekly 47- Edition 97
Edition 97 of BRegs Weekly is out now.
The latest reported incidence of defects has been reported at an apartment block in the Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford was discussed in the Dáil this week. Rogue developers who build defective homes “should never be allowed to build again”, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil an “…independent inspector should say when builders get it wrong that “that is not what they got permissions for, that is not the standard, and they must take it down and rebuild it”. Mr Kenny said that if somebody signed off on a certificate saying a building was of a quality that it was not, “that person should pay the penalty as well”. The Taoiseach told the Green Party TD that the issue and what should be done about it were a focus of the Minister for Housing. He said a supervisory authority needed to be appointed independently or by the local authority that granted the planning permissions in the first place.
Despite the ongoing housing and homelessness crisis in the city, figures revealed by the local authority at this week’s meeting of Cork City Council showed that just 3 new units were built last year, a figure described as ‘disgraceful’. Sinn Féin councillor Thomas Gould slammed central government for the state of social housing in Ireland. He said the housing list is growing faster than the city can house people, “We still have more new applicants than we housed. We currently have 4,719 applicants on the housing list, and we built three houses.” In December 2016, 34 people were housed by the city, but 47 new people came onto the list.
The cost of buying a home looks set to rise by an average of 7% between now and the end of the year with even higher price increases predicted for Leinster, according to the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI). A survey from the organisation predicts residential rents will also rise by an average of between 8- 10% outside the rent control areas of the four local authority areas of the Dublin Region and Cork City Council area.
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