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.

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-

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

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.


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

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 5 December!

AON Team

AON Meeting – Tuesday 17 October 2017

Hello all,

Our next meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17 October.

*** Please note the change of location, and later start time of 7.30pm ***

On foot of demand from members, this month we are away from Dublin city centre. Our venue is the Atrium, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords. We are grateful to Fingal County Council for the location.

In order to help plan the meeting, please ensure to let us know of your intention to attend. You can do this by completing our “Meeting Attendance” form.

Paul Mooney will present to us on Management Agent tendering. We have received many requests for a presentation on this topic. We expect great interest from members on this important issue.

Paul Mooney is the Managing Director of Benchmark Property, one of the leading independent property management and building consultants in Ireland. Paul is a Chartered Surveyor specialising in Property Management for over 20 years. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland.

Paul has worked with industry bodies over a number of years in promoting professionalism in the Property Management Sector. He engaged with the Department of Justice on drafting of the Multi-Unit Developments Act 2011 and the Property Services Regulatory Act 2011.

Paul has delivered many CPD talks on the sector and regulation, lectures in residential property management, and is a regular contributor to the Property Clinic section of the Irish Times Property Supplement. He is a member of the Property & Facility Managers Professional Group of the SCSI and sits on the editorial board of the Surveyors Journal. In 2011 Paul was appointed by the Minister for Justice to the Property Services Board.

We will update on our work since September, and plans for the remainder of 2017. Our usual open forum will conclude the meeting.

Please note the later start time of 7.30pm. Ample on-street parking is available near the venue.

You can access directions to the Atrium, Swords here-