Useful Information

BER (Building Energy Rating)

A BER is similar to the energy label for a household electrical appliance like your fridge. The label has a scale of A-G. A-rated homes are the most energy efficient and G the least efficient.

From the 1st of January 2009 a BER certificate is compulsory for all homes being sold or rented. If you are buying or renting a new house or apartment now, you are entitled to a BER – so do ask the seller/landlord for it.

John Brophy of Brophy Estates is a registered BER assessor, (registration number 103909)  Please contact us for a competitive quote. We service the entire Dublin area in particular, Malahide, Portmarnock, Swords, Clontarf, Raheny, Drumcondra, Fairview, North County Dublin and South County Dublin.

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Stamp Duty

Stamp duty in Ireland is a tax payable to the Government based on the documents used in the transfer of property. (In other words, the conveyance document which transfers ownership to you). The value of the property (home or apartment, land or housing site) and your status (whether you are a first-time buyer, investor, etc.) will determine the amount of stamp duty that is payable. Stamp duty is divided up into different categories and rates and the amount you pay will depend on:

  • Whether you are going to live in the house/apartment (residential or owner-occupier) or are an investor
  • Whether as an owner-occupier, you are a first time buyer
  • Whether it is a new or second-hand house or apartment
  • The size of the house or apartment.

For further information please see Stamp Duty.
To calculate stamp duty please see Stamp Duty Calulator.

RTB (residential tenancies board)

The RTB was established in September 2004 to operate a national tenancy registration system and to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. As part of its remit, the RTB also provides policy advice to the Government on the private rented sector. The RTB dispute resolution service replaces the courts in relation to the majority of landlord and tenant disputes. Please note that in order to provide a fair and neutral service to both parties, the RTB cannot provide legal advice or specific guidance to either case party in relation to their dispute.

For further information please see

Please contact us should you have any further queries.

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