Advice Centre Articles — Buying and Selling

Once you have decided to buy or sell a home, there are a number of things to be advised on like: paying the deposit, arranging the mortgage and getting a surveyor. Buying a house in Ireland normally takes a few months. Patience is essential. It is important to be informed and to work closely with your solicitor.

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Can a B&B ignore a 1993 planning ruling?

The 1993 An Bord Pleanála decision is now irrelevant in planning terms and in the context of the current planning process for conversion of the former 15-room bed and breakfast property to nine self-contained apartments. The seven year statute of limitations would apply. The An Bord Pleanála decision is no longer enforceable and is indeed defunct; the Council cannot at this stage be legally bound to enforce the 1993 decision.

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should we sell our house before we buy a new one?

We are attempting to move house and have been in a bit of a quandary for the last while. We are retired and have decided to move into a house in the local town to be nearer our daughter. We know our own house is worth much more than the house we are trying to buy so we will have cash but the auctioneer selling the house in the town says we have to have our house sold before we can bid on the new house. 

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Should I be worried about radon gas?

I am just about to buy a house in Galway. A friend who lives nearby warned me about the possibility of radon, which now worries me. The sellers are anxious to close and are not concerned. Is there a quick way to ensure that I am not exposed to radon, and if it turns out to be a problem, is it likely to be costly to fix?

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How do I delay the sale of my home?

I was in the process of selling my house and purchasing another. All was going smoothly. I signed my papers for both buying and selling on a Friday only to be told two days later that the house I was purchasing was no longer being sold. I obviously cannot back out of my sale.

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Tax liabilities trouble returning emigrant

I own a three-bed house attached to a retail shop (where I used to run a store) in a rural town. Above the shop is a three-bed apartment. I lived in the house, the shop staff lived in the apartment and the shop operated below. I was forced to close in 2009. During 2015, a very low offer was made on the buildings and because of my financial position, I was willing to accept it. I am now advised by my solicitor that because I did not declare or pay the apartment as a separate entity, I am subject to NPPR plus a penalty in the amount of €7,230. Can you help or advise me?

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House Deal Delay

We are interested in purchasing a property in Co Meath. We made an offer at the asking price and asked for a closing date in early 2016. The vendor wants to delay the date of payment and completion until August 2016. They are suggesting water-tight contracts on both sides and a final move date that will be locked in. What concerns would you have about this? 

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Inheritance Tax

My father died two years ago and left all of his assets to my mother. A market valuation of the properties was done at the time and my mother had no tax liability. However, if my mother sells some of the properties, does she pay capital gains tax on the original price the property was bought for or the recent probate valuation? Moreover my mother has now made a will and has left all of the assets to her children. My question is this; if the children decide to sell the properties or some of them, which valuation do they go by?