Inspex News and Blogs

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 Awards

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...

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...

Capping Rents Won’t Stop Homelessness

Capping rents is not the simple solution to Ireland's rental crisis, according to Housing Minister Simon Coveney. Rent regulation can take various forms, including rent...

Supporting Carbon Monoxide Week

The 'silent killer' Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas that has no colour, no smell and no taste. At high levels it can kill...

Tackling Ireland’s Housing Shortage

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Housing Minister Simon Coveney and other Cabinet members have published the long awaited Action Plan "Rebuilding Ireland". Described by Government as an...

New Regulations for Rented Houses

Current minimum standards for rental accommodation with limited exceptions apply to all private rental residential accommodation as well as voluntary housing and local authority units....

Dedicated National Inspection Unit

Landlords face NCT-style inspections and 'Renters face poor conditions but few complain according to the Irish Examiner. Today the Irish Examiner reports that when the...

Exposure to Pollutants

People who do not ventilate their homes properly expose themselves to harmful levels of pollutants, according to experts. Specialists at the Glasgow School of Art...

At the Forefront of People’s Minds

Property and housing are the issues at the forefront of Irish people's minds.  It seems unlikely that any new government will tackle the critical issues...

Discrimination in Housing

On 1st January 2016, the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 introduced "housing assistance" as a new discriminatory ground. The importance of a stable and sustainable...

Predictions of Rent Increases

Fears that some landlords would push up rents as quickly as possible once Government introduced new regulations on rent certainty have not materialised. Rents in...

Reversing Reliance on the PRS

Government policy to address the housing crisis is over-reliance on the private rental sector and the shift away from building new social housing has contributed...

Supporting Carbon Monoxide Week

The 'silent killer' Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas that has no colour, no smell and no taste. At high levels it can kill...

New Role for PRS

The private rented sector has not caught up with its new role as a long-term housing provider - that's the message we hear time and...

Tenant Protection Significant

State intervention and regulation of dwelling standards are not new.  Our current tenant protection laws are significant just not as onerous as other European countries....

Building Control Amendment 2014

The Government's objective to empower consumers to get a fair price for inspection work has resulted in an order to review the Building Control (Amendment)...

PRS Rents Continue Rising

The cost of renting a property in the private rented sector in Ireland rose on average across the country in the last 3 months of...

PRS Households State Support

The Housing Policy Statement 2011 provides a commitment to making the private rented sector a stable and attractive housing option for all who wish to...

Compliance with Minimum Standards

Landlords have a legal obligation to ensure that their rented properties comply with the Minimum Standards as set out in the Housing (Standards for Rented...

Lack of Building Surveys

Research carried out on behalf of the Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland (SCSI) in late 2013 amongst 1004 respondents revealed that 6 out 10...

Inspex Wins UK Award

Inspex were chosen from hundreds of applications to win an award in the UK Start-Up Story 2013 competition. Cloudpage, an online social publishing solution for...

Universal Design Guidelines

At the start of the 20th century, older adults and people with disabilities were true minorities. The average human lifespan was only 47 years. Today, due...

Without a Property Inspection

Did you know that the standard surveyor’s report you’ve paid for to support your mortgage application doesn’t actually cover the nuts and bolts of the...

Not in Consumer Best Interest

Claims by several members of the RIAI (Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland) that the proposed new building regulations are not in the best interests...

Local Authorities’ PRS Inspection Woes

While Local Authorities own varying quantities of housing stock, they also pay rent subsidies on privately owned, rented accommodation for their clients. It’s a sobering...

Galway TD Welcomes Inspection Proposal

Commenting on Threshold’s 2013 Annual Report released last week, Deputy Nolan said that accommodation standards in the private rental markets were slipping and tenants are...

National Housing Inspection System

Senator Aideen Hayden says ‘We are now looking at a situation where one in every four properties in Dublin, and one in every three properties...

Inspex – Best Technology Product

Inspex has been commended in the category of Best Technology Product at the Architecture Expo Event in RDS Dublin 2013.

250,000 Homes Upgraded

250,000 homes upgraded in Ireland through Better Energy schemes.  Free home energy upgrades have been completed in 100,000 homes through the Better Energy Warmer Homes...

Senator Appalled at Home Inspections

The Priory Hall example is by no means an isolated case of trusting home buyers and tenants being thrown to the mercy of reckless and...

75% of Landlords ‘Illegally’ Split Houses Into Flats

Less than 10 per cent of flats surveyed have ever been the subject of an application for planning permission, and most of these applications were...

Bedsits Do Not Meet Standards

More than 90 per cent of flats inspected in a Dublin City Council crackdown on substandard private housing have been deemed unfit for habitation. The...

Calls for ‘NCT for Housing’

National housing charity Threshold has called on the government to introduce 'NCT-style inspections for housing’ to force landlords to improve sub-standard housing. Dublin City Council’s...