AON Meeting – 6 February 2019: Service charge collection & debtor management

Service charge income is the lifeblood of every Owners’ Management Company.  Without it no OMC can run effectively.

Do your OMC and your directors know the steps for successful service charge collection?  Do you know the legal routes to recovering service charge debts?  What are the “Dos” and “Don’ts” when tackling management fees outstanding?

Setanta Landers of Reddy Charlton Solicitors has kindly agreed to present to us on the topic of Service Charge Collection and Debtor Management.  Setanta is a solicitor in Reddy Charlton’s Litigation Department.  He advises on commercial and civil matters, including the Multi-Unit Developments Act, property disputes, and landlord and tenant law.  Setanta’s presentation will conclude with a Q&A session.

We’ll update you on our advocacy work since our last meeting.

Your usual opportunity to share experiences and learn from others will follow in our open forum.

Please ensure to complete our Meeting attendance form to confirm your attendance on Wednesday 6 February.

Please join us for tea, coffee and sandwiches from 6.45pm.  We will begin the meeting at 7pm sharp.

Directions to Wood Quay Venue are here.

We look forward to seeing you on the night.  Remember to let us know you’re coming!

AON Team

AON Update: New Planning Guidelines / AON & SCSI Submission

New Planning Guidelines – Good News for Apartment Management & Funding

We are pleased with the recently issued Design Standards for New Apartments – Guidelines for Planning Authorities

We worked hard in Department of Housing sessions on behalf of the Network. As a direct result of our efforts the Guidelines give greater certainty to OMCs and residents in new estates in relation to service charges, sinking funds and the effectiveness of the MUD Act.

Local Authorities are now required to include planning conditions such that a Building Life Cycle Report must be provided by the developer. To quote directly from Chapter 6.13 and 6.14-

“…planning applications for apartment developments shall include a building lifecycle report which in turn includes an assessment of long term running and maintenance costs as they would apply on a per residential unit basis at the time of application, as well as demonstrating what measures have been specifically considered by the proposer to effectively manage and reduce costs for the benefit of residents.”

“…it is advised that when granting permission for such developments planning authorities attach appropriate planning conditions that require:

• Compliance with the MUD Act,
• Establishment of an Owners Management Company (OMC) and:
• Establishment and ongoing maintenance of a sinking fund commensurate with the facilities in a development that require ongoing maintenance and renewal.”

These are significant changes for new estates. We will continue our work to effect policy and legislative change for existing estates. Other matters in the new Guidelines include improvements to bicycle parking and storage, changes to car parking, and enhancements to communal facilities.

February meeting -Thank you !!

Our most recent AON Meeting took place on 22nd February. Many thanks to all of you who attended our February meeting, a summary of which is below for your information.

We had a full house for our focus group session on all aspects of apartment living. Thanks also to the researchers engaged by the Housing Agency, including Paul Mooney of Benchmark Property.

We expect the workshop and research will feed into policy changes to improve the sector. We’ll keep you posted!

Joint Submission with SCSI

In conjunction with the SCSI we made a submission to the Review Group on the Administration of Civil Justice. It puts forward practical changes and policy proposals for-

• Better lease enforcement for the common good
• More effective/efficient service charge recovery
• Reduction in MUD Act enforcement costs
• Increased understanding of the apartment sector in the legal system

We are grateful to the SCSI for their collaboration with what we hope it is just the first of many joint efforts aimed at achieving improvements in apartment living.

Next meeting – Date To Be Confirmed

Keep an eye on the AON website, our Facebook and @ApartmentOwners on Twitter for updates about our next open meeting.

Regards,
AON Team

AON Meeting 5 December: Short-Lets in Apartments & MUDs

Hello all,

Our final meeting of a very busy 2017 takes place on Tuesday 5th December 2017 at 7pm. We are back in our regular spot of the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council.

We have arranged a discussion on short term lettings, and issues for OMCs. This is in light of the Department of Housing’s recent Circular “Guidance on Planning Applications for Short Term Lettings”.

The intention is to hear members’ views and to gauge opinion.

Frank McDonald, former Environment Editor of the Irish Times and chair of Temple Bar Residents, has kindly agreed to attend and contribute to the discussion. Temple Bar Residents took the recent landmark planning case on short-lets, details here- http://www.pleanala.ie/casenum/RL3490.htm

Those intending to come to the meeting are encouraged to read the Circular-

http://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/circular_pl10_aph3_2017.pdf

We will update you on the range of our work in October and November. Our usual open forum will conclude the meeting.

As usual we will have Tea, coffee and sandwiches available from 6.45pm. The meeting will begin at 7pm sharp.

To assist us in planning the meeting, please let us know if you plan to attend using our Meeting Attendance form.

Directions to the meeting venue if you need them are available here.

Submissions

Our recent submissions on Census 2021 housing/accommodation questions, and the draft National Planning Framework are on the website-

https://apartmentownersnetwork.org/2017/11/06/aon-submission-cso-census-2021-consulation/

https://apartmentownersnetwork.org/2017/11/13/aon-submission-draft-of-ireland-2040-our-plan/

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 5 December!

AON Team