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This week’s vital property news: Are we getting rent control?

Everything you need to know in one quick guided tour.

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THIS WEEK THERE was more talk from Environment Minister Alan Kelly that some form of ‘rent certainty’ could be on its way.

This came alongside a draft report that showed there is still a large amount of unsuitable property being let out in the country’s capital – with major issues arising from family homes being converted into multiple-occupancy dwellings.

The Big Movers

Rent control?

Environment Minister Alan Kelly has announced that he plans to introduce some form of rent certainty.

This would be aimed at stopping tenants suffering from the sharply increasing rents that have been seen during the housing crisis.

Social Housing Strategy launch - Dublin Environment Minister Alan Kelly Source: Brian Lawless/PA Archive/Press Association Images

As part of this, he also said that he intends to introduce incentives for landlords who offer tenants longer-term leases.

Rental property inspections

A draft report by Dublin City Council and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland on rental flats in Dublin has found that 84% of them failed to meet minimum standards.

It was also seen that half of all of the properties inspected were not of an adequate size.

Speaking about this, councillor Mannix Flynn, said, “Behind a lot of what would be petite façades, in Georgian Dublin and indeed in Rathmines and Ranelagh, there is a horror story to be told.”

Nice place

One of the plushest resorts in the country has come onto the market.

resort cork Castlemartyr Resort in Cork

The five-star Castlemartyr Resort in Cork is available for €13 million.

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It was reportedly the site of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s honeymoon and is known for having played host to a number of other high-profile guests.

Under Construction

powerscourt eniskerry Powerscourt in Enniskerry Source: Irish Welcome Tours/Flickr

Des Res

This week the former home of one of Apple’s co-founders Steve Wozniak has sold for $3.9 million (€3.44 million) after being on the market for two years and coming down in value by more than $200,000 (€177,000). The property was listed and de-listed numerous times due to concerns about who the buyer would be, Business Insider reports. 

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  • The home is located in the foothills of Los Gatos, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

    Source: Brian Lawless / PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • The exterior is curved and modern.

  • The walls are all white, and an abundance of light filters in.

  • The kitchen has counters of Esmeralda granite and white-wood cabinets.

  • Wozniak had a little bit of fun with the design, too. There's a 500-square foot "Children's Discovery Complex," complete with a mini playground, slides, and ladders.

(All pictures courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

And Finally…

This week DeZeen took a look at the New York offices of tech company LinkedIn. Based in the Empire State Building, its headquarters include a room completely lined with telephones that leads to a secret ‘speakeasy’ bar.

Read: What is the Better Homes grant and how do you get one?

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