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This week’s vital property news: A ghost estate comes to life and things are getting tougher for landlords

Everything you need to know in one quick guided tour.
Jul 2nd 2015, 5:07 PM 5,802 0

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THIS WEEK THERE was some good news for renters with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) getting tough on landlords not registering tenants.

Swedish furniture giant Ikea also outlined plans for how the kitchens of the future are going to look.

Here’s what’s been happening.

The Big Movers

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Two landlords have received criminal convictions and been fined €11,000 for not registering their tenants.

Details of both cases were released on Wednesday and had gone before the PRTB last week.

The case was heard by Judge John O’Neill who convicted the two landlords of not registering their tenants – something they had been warned about repeatedly. On this Judge O’Neill said:

The landlords in these cases were both contacted by the PRTB on a number of occasions and given a number of opportunities to register their tenancies.

Ghost estates 

A former ghost estate called Belmayne in Dublin 13 has been transformed into modern accommodation by housing charity Clúid.

Clúid refurbished more than 200 units, which have been divided between people on Dublin City Council’s housing waiting list, people who have been homeless, and people who can afford to pay standard market rent.

Speaking about the transformation Helen Maguire, a new resident in the estate, said:

Before moving here, me and my son were living in a one-bed emergency accommodation hotel room. My landlord moved back into the property I was living in and I had been extremely anxious ever since. We were totally unsettled.

Ghost Estate re opens. Minister Alan Ke How the new development Belmayne, Dublin 13 looks now. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Changing kitchen

If you have found yourself feeling a bit bored with your kitchen recently, Ikea has some good news for you.

It has envisioned a new concept kitchen that will assist amateur chefs in cutting down on food waste. The furniture store worked with London-based design company IDEO and students from two universities to create the ‘smart kitchen’.

The table suggests recipes for leftover food and has a ‘mindful’ water system to make people more aware of how much they use of it.

smart kitchen ikea - 1 Source: Ikea

Under Construction

Des Res

Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker has just sold her New York townhouse and Business Insider has reported that she lost almost $750,000 (€675,000) on the sale. Despite this, it still sold for $18.25 million (€16.44 million). Here is what its buyer can look forward to:

All picture credit to Zillow.com.  

And Finally…

After 40 years, the city of Paris has decided to build its own gigantic triangular-shaped skyscraper. The official website for the tower says that it is set to contain a 120-room four star hotel as well as a sizeable amount of office space.

Read: How urban flower power can be used to fight the march of property developers

Also: Environmentally friendly concrete makes for a striking modern extension

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