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    House Alarm switching from Eircom Phone watch

    ODT's description is perfect. What more would you want from an alarm system? Certainly not a third party on a hefty annual subscription to do what a simple auto-dialer does. It does confirm for me how cynical Eircom's service is. Remember their scare-mongering radio and TV ads? Even their...
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    House Alarm switching from Eircom Phone watch

    "Welcome to PhoneWatch™, Ireland’s leading monitored home security experts." I'm surprised that Eircom haven't been pulled up over their use of the word "monitored" for these alarms. They are not monitored. Monitor: To check, observe, watch, to keep close watch over, supervise, to watch or...
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    Independent valuation

    Old buildings, and Protected Structures in particular, can be irreparably damaged and have their special character swept away. Mistakes usually come about because of ignorance, and the fault may be laid at the feet of builders, owners, or indeed professional advisers...
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    The Eircom Sales Experience

    The "Sales Team" that called to my house came of an evening. They were told by me that there were no circumstances under which I would return to Eircom. I even explained to them the nature of the problem I had from the last time I was a customer. So what they did was return two weeks later...
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    The Eircom Sales Experience

    I thought Eircom were supposed to follow a certain procedure when a customer lodges a complaint: Acknowledgment / Investigation / Report / Escalate if Appropriate / And finally inform about Comreg if Required. Following my letter above (Reg post), I have not even had the issue acknowledged. All...
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    The Eircom Sales Experience

    So, an Eircom employee phones this morning. She is rude, talks over everything I say, refuses to accept any wrongdoing or fault, and tells me they will be pursuing a sum of €89 - For a Bundled service not provided. She also is adamant that Eircom's inability to provide the service is UTV's...
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    The Eircom Sales Experience

    I sent this letter off to Eircom last week. It explains some of my experience with this company & their sales methods. Has anyone had similar encounters? You will see below, that despite this they are still pursuing me. _________________________________________________ Dear Sir or Madam...
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    Key Post What to ask the architect at our first meeting

    Hi Megan, You would be extending an invitation to an architect to come to your house with a view to providing you with a fee proposal or at least an indication of their costs. This is the architect's opportunity to pitch for your work by showing you some examples of their previous work and...
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    Extension and planning permission

    I would feel comfortable telling you that an architect is the best person to assist you through the entire process. I also recognise that others with appropriate skills (technicians, engineers etc) can undertake such work. It all depends on the owners requirements, budget, awareness of design...
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    Extension and planning permission

    Firefly, if works are to be considered as Exempted Development they must comply with certain conditions as set out in the regulations. This stipulates distances to boundaries, positions of windows, overall heights etc. As your proposed work will require Planning Permission, the exact nature of...
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    Boundary Wall Removed And Built On

    A few points in relation to the above. The final one being the most important: 1. A Part-Wall or Structure is a particular concept in law. It cannot be removed without both adjoining owners agreement. 2. One owner cannot rebuild another structure to use the space previously occupied by the...
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    group of self builders

    Thermalcrete, I think it is a fantastic idea, and one I have considered myself on a number of occasions. It is particularly appropriate to the so-called 'key workers', those interested in self-build, and people who can actually see a home as a home and not an asset. I have considered setting up...
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    Planning permission to demolish and rebuild exactly the same?

    I am in agreement for a Sticky thread that would deal with Party Wall & Boundary Issues. They occur so frequently from both sides - when party A wants to extend for example and does not know what they can or can't do, or when party B discovers for example that A plans to extend and does not...
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    Building on to 'Granny Flat'

    +1 (Except from my experience I would substitute Always for Usually).
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    Planning permission to demolish and rebuild exactly the same?

    I agree, ONQ, The new Land Conveyancing and Law Reform Act 2009 seems like a bizarre piece of legislation. The following information is from http://www.hayes-solicitors.ie/news%5CEveryoneNeedsGoodNeighbours.htm (My underlining) "if you own a property or land you can carry out works to a party...
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    Planning permission to demolish and rebuild exactly the same?

    And on Party Walls: The Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 http://www.hayes-solicitors.ie/news%5CEveryoneNeedsGoodNeighbours.htm The Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009has introduced specific provisions dealing with party structures. It came in to force on 1 December 2009...
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    Planning permission to demolish and rebuild exactly the same?

    ONQ, SI 235 of 2008, Class 50 gives the relevant limitation to the exemption. See: www.environ.ie/en/Legislation/.../FileDownLoad,18013,en.pdf (Page 4). The descriptions of what the exemptions are use the words: The demolition of a building, or buildings within the curtilage of - (i) a...
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    Planning permission to demolish and rebuild exactly the same?

    It is very important to be aware of the Limitation to Exempted Development for extensions to dwellings as set out in SI 235 of 2008. Class 50 has been amended to now explicitly state that in relation to (b) The demolition of part of a habitable house in connection with the provision of an...
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    Planning Observations

    I would always suggest the engagement a planning consultant or an architect to prepare your submission. Submissions prepared by affected house owners often suffer to a greater or lesser degree from subjective and even emotional content. This is natural and not surprising, but it will not...
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    architects - how to source?

    This is a great event that has been running for the last number of years. The donations go to a very worthwhile cause. Do have a look at this thread: Key Post What to ask the architect at our first meeting http://www.askaboutmoney.com/showthread.php?t=131450 The guidance here will...
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