Republic of Ireland Law
Republic of Ireland Law Questions Answered by Experts
1. At the outset, you need to realise that there is no duty in law cast upon an owner of property to maintain it or to ensure its upkeep. So you cannot sue an owner merely because they do not maintain their property. However, a County Council maintains a register of derelict properties under the Derelict Sites Act and the Council has the power to compel a person to maintain their property or else they can forcibly take possession of it and carry out necessary works. Accordingly, I would suggest that you get in touch with your local County Council and get them involved. At a minimum the Council will contact the owner and bring to their attention the state of affairs. Secondly, If there is an issue whereby the structure becomes unsafe, a person can enter upon the land and carry out remedial works and then sue the owner successfully for the costs of any repairs. Thirdly, if waste becomes an issue, once the Council have powers under the Control of Dumping Act to ameliorate the situation and to fine anyone carrying out the dumping. Here some evidence should be obtained about the people who are doing the dumping. Finally, you should use your best efforts with the Council to get them to board up the house before it becomes a squat. This would be the best way to ensure things do not get out of hand.
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