Inspex News and Blogs

Covid-19 Measures

In the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic every business in Ireland has had to face and respond to the significant challenges that Covid-19 is...

RTB/ESRI Q4 2019 Rent Index

The RTB/ESRI Report produced by the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) provides rental indicators (the Rent Index) generated...

Striking A Balance

This emergency period has presented significant challenges that few could have imagined and its full impact on the rental sector has yet to be realised....

Containing the Impact

The speed with which the pandemic has struck left our policy makers with no option but to implement extraordinary legislative measures to somehow contain the...

RTB/ESRI Q3 2019 Rent Index

The RTB/ESRI Report produced by the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) provides rental indicators (the Rent Index) generated...

Offaly CC Appoints Inspex

Offaly County Council has appointed the Inspex team to carry out proactive inspections of private rented properties in the Offaly County Council Area. All privately rented...

Supporting Independent Living

At Inspex we all share a desire to give something back and we’re doing this through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts. Inspex is proud...

National Fire Safety Week 2019

National Fire Safety Week (7th-14th October) a joint initiative between the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service is designed to highlight fire safety particularly in...

RTB/ESRI Q2 2019 Rent Index

The RTB/ESRI Report produced by the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) provides rental indicators (the Rent Index) generated...

Managing change or not?

In an ever more connected world, it is generally accepted that, people have a growing sense of isolation. The desire for a sense of community,...

Changing the way we holiday

In just over 10 years, Airbnb has grown from a modest home-share site into one of the biggest disruptors in travel.  Airbnb experiences are generally...

Finalist – Women in Housing

Inspex are honoured to be announced as a finalist for ‘Team of the Year: Corporate / Strategic’ in the 2019 Women in Housing Awards. The...

RTB/ESRI Q1 2019 Rent Index

The recorded annual growth in the standardised average rent increased to 8.3 per cent nationally in the period to Q1 2019, marking the highest rate...

DLR CC Appoints Inspex

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has appointed the Inspex team to carry out proactive inspections of private rented properties in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council...

Procedures May Be Ineffective

New laws are so often introduced that landlords find themselves unaware of failings to comply with the latest regulations. Bottom line, it's the landlords’ sole...

Family Business Award Winner

Running a small business has many challenges but take it from us, there is absolutely nothing more rewarding than the effort being recognised. The Energia...

IRC Partners with Inspex

The 1951 Refugee Convention outlines the rights of people that are displaced,  to seek asylum from persecution in other countries as well as the legal...

Same Risk of Building Defects

People who buy newly-built houses today face the same risk of building defects as those who bought during the boom, according to an assistant professor...

South Dublin CC Appoints Inspex

South Dublin County Council has appointed the Inspex team to carry out proactive inspections of private rented properties in the South Dublin Area. All privately...

PRS Pressures Steer RPZ Extension

It was announced last week by the Táiniste Simon Coveney that Ireland’s Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs), first introduced at the end of 2016 by Coveney...

RTB/ESRI Q4 2018 Rent Index

The final quarter of 2018 marked a notable, quarter-on-quarter fall in the national standardised average rent, according to the RTB Q4 2018 Rent Index, published...

Inspex Sponsors Local Tidy Towns

Ireland’s Tidy Towns project is more than 50 years old, having first been established in 1958 under the auspices of Bord Fáilte (now Fáilte Ireland)....

Affordability and Differential Rents

CSO figures released this week show that property prices rose nationally by 5.6 per cent in the year to January 2019. This represents an 82.1...

Green Light for Green Initiatives

The recycling strategy for plastic packaging published in September 2018 by Repak asserted that Ireland needed to increase its plastic recycling by 80% to reach...

RTB/ESRI Q3 2018 Rent Index

Strong domestic economic activity, rising wages and increased inward migration contributed to rising pressure in the Irish rental market in the third quarter of 2018....

Chasing the Pot of Gold

Ireland’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) has evolved considerably in recent years, particularly with the advent of institutional investment in residential property. A report by the...

Landlords – Your Country Needs You

By 2040 Ireland’s population is expected to reach almost 6 million with a need for 550,000 more homes and 660,000 additional jobs. The need to...

Looking Beyond the Lens

Homeless figures released by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for November 2018 show that in the last week of November a total...

Forever Renters Come Full Circle

“Throughout the 19th Century in Ireland, landownership was the preserve of a privileged minority” (Estate Ownership).  With the average Irish person priced out of the...

Submission for ‘Bringing Back Homes’

Pillar 5 of the Rebuilding Ireland initiative (launched by then Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney, in 2016), relates to the stated aim of utilising existing...

Residential Tenancies Amendment

With pressures mounting on the government to quell the swelling tide of housing shortages amidst rising demand, it is interesting that the Minister for Housing,...

Carbon Monoxide – A Silent Killer

Gardaí are investigating the death of an elderly couple at their home on the outskirts of Kilkenny last Wednesday. It is understood they may have died of...

Fire Safety – Elusive Evacuation

Fire Safety is a Grave Concern but Evacuation Plans Remain Elusive The Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017 provide guidance on the delivery of fire safety...

Clampdown to Limit Use of Airbnb

Another initiative to tackle the ‘housing’ crisis sees the Department of Housing (DHPLG) announce new regulations for short-term lettings, such as Airbnb.  These new regulations...

Persistent Demand But Slow Supply

There is a longstanding adage in Ireland that for investment there is nothing "as safe as houses". Traditionally, the understanding and most common perception was...

A Well-Documented Human Right

In spite of housing being a well-documented human right, in reality, this right is often simply a goal.  Human rights are the basic rights and...

RTB/ESRI Q1 2018 Rent Index

RTB/ESRI Rent Index shows average rents grew nationally by 7.1% The RTB/ESRI Rent Index Quarter 1 2018 highlights that low unemployment and an improvement in...

PRS Housing Stock in Good Shape

The Government's Housing Policy Statement 2011 articulated its vision for the private rented sector.  While home ownership may continue to be the tenure of choice...

Dun Laoghaire Appoints Inspex

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has appointed the Inspex team to carry out inspections of private rented properties in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Area. The...

Fingal CC Appoints Inspex

Fingal County Council has outsourced inspections of private rented properties and appointed the Inspex Team in the Fingal Area. The current minimum standards for rented...

Inspex Sponsors Housing Summit

Ireland has a housing crisis with a serious lack of suitable housing available today. Due to have another 750,000 extra people to cater for in...

Rent Pressure Zones (RPZ)

Rent Pressure Zones or 'Predictability' Measures are new provisions enacted under the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (the "2016" Act) intended...

Widespread Breaches & Overcrowding

Widespread breaches in health and safety and overcrowding show a property management company renting houses to up to 70 people at a time. It was...