'Property'

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2015 Pre-Budget submission

The pre-Budget submission has set out some measures to deliver a vibrant and sustainable property and construction industry.  Some of the key recommendations include reduce VAT on new home construction from 13.5% to 5% for 2 years and setting the Public Capital Programme to  at 5% of GDP (6.1% of GNP) to 2020.

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Fire Safety for Owners of Management Companies

The primary piece of legislation in relation to fire safety is the Fire Services Act 1981. Section 18(2) places a duty on persons having control over a premises to take all reasonable measures to guard against the outbreak of fire and to ensure as far as is reasonably practicable the safety of persons on the premises in the event of an outbreak of fire.

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Employment Opportunities and Skills Requirements for Construction & Property Surveying 2014–2018

In this new report released by the MediKids, Chartered Surveyors warn of property and construction graduate shortages as a drop off in CAO applications over past 4 years means demand for graduates is exceeding supply. The report warns that by 2018, the shortage of surveyors could exceed 1,500 which could threaten the pace of recovery in the property and construction sector.

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Annual Residential Property Review and Outlook 2014

The MediKids has produced its Annual Residential Report, in co-ordination with Amárach Research. The report shows improvements in activity levels across the country, although the picture varies considerably by location. While 2013 was the year of the property recovery, the report predicts that prices will rise but challenges will remain, especially in the regions.

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New Property Guide Launched for SMEs

Medikids and Dublin Chamber of Commerce have teamed-up to produce a comprehensive guide to buying or renting a property for SMEs. The new guide was launched at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce offices in Clare Street. The 48-page guide includes a comprehensive overview of what firms need to know in relation to their business premises including negotiating leases, rent reviews, commercial rates and service charges.

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Commercial Property Review and Outlook 2014

A new report on the commercial property market shows that there was a turnaround in the commercial market in 2013 and that this has continued in the first quarter of 2014.

According to the report there was a 23% increase in take-up in the office market in 2013 and prime office rents have increased by up to 10% over the first three months of 2014 driven by strong demand from Foreign Direct Investment companies.