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Housing Management Companies

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 3 July 2018

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Questions (209, 210)

Darragh O'Brien

Question:

209. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of dwellings, that is, houses and apartments paying management fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29157/18]

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Darragh O'Brien

Question:

210. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the average amount of management fees paid per annum by dwellings, that is, houses and apartments in a managed estate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29158/18]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 209 and 210 together.

My Department does not maintain statistics on the numbers of houses and apartments paying management fees. However, a recent submission by the Apartment Owners Network and the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government estimates that nearly 500,000 people live in multi-unit developments in Ireland.

The primary purpose of the Multi-Unit Developments Act 2011 is to reform the law relating to the ownership and management of common areas of multi-unit developments and to facilitate the fail, efficient and effective management of owners' management companies (OMCs). These are bodies established for the management of such areas, the membership of which comprise the owners of residential units within the development.

As regards service charges, the Deputy should note that section 18 of the 2011 Act requires each OMC to establish and maintain a scheme of annual service charges to fund the costs of insurance, maintenance, cleaning, waste management and other common or shared services in respect of the development concerned. These service charges must be calculated on a transparent basis, be apportioned on an equitable basis between residential unit owners and be approved by the OMC members themselves at a general meeting of the OMC.

In this way, the Act gives residential unit owners themselves a role in determining the level of annual service charge, the level of services to be funded and the manner in which such services are to be provided. My Department does not keep statistics relating to the average amount of annual service charges in multi-unit developments.

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