Property Services Regulation Act 2011


Property Services Regulation Act 2011 – how it will affect you?

With the deadline rapidly approaching, the old Auctioneers licensing law issued by The Courts and Revenue is expiring and the new Property Services Regulation Act 2011 is approaching. As of the 6th of July 2012, all letting agents and management agents must be licensed by the NPSRA.

One of the main functions of the Authority is the licensing of Property Services Providers (i.e. Auctioneers/Estate Agents, Letting Agents and Management Agents). It will take over the licensing of Auctioneers/Estate Agents and Letting Agents from the Courts and Revenue Commissioners and also license, for the first time, Management Agents.

The Act defines four separate types of property service

  1. The auction of property other than land;
  2. The purchase or sale, by whatever means, of land;
  3. The letting of land; and,
  4. Property management services

Click Here for a Guide to becoming a Licensed Property Services Provider 

If you are providing any of these services and have not submitted your application, you should do so immediately. There is a grace period where if you have submitted your application prior to July 6th 2012 you may still continue offering these services. However, if you continue to offer these services and have not been licensed or submitted your application, you are breaking the law.

Here is a list of Licensed Auctioneers by county care of the NPSRA for the year 2013.

As always, we would be happy to hear your feedback on this topic. 

by Andreas Riha

Automatically generating agency invoices

Product Development Update- After listening to agencies through out the country we understand that a huge headache for agents is generating the invoices for fees to landlords. Whilst its great to have the ability to generate an invoice as it represents revenue it can sometimes be a pain to generate the invoice. Not anymore!!

Now through Rentview you can generate an invoice for your agency in seconds, not only will the invoice be branded towards your agency but as always with Rentview’s Transparency it can be viewed on line for your landlords through their secure login via your agencies Sub domain.

Rentview’s application will also pre-set your monthly management invoices for the period of the lease. All agency invoices which are generate are located in your agency account section and with one print off you can have your end of month, quarter or annual vat returns ready.

Now letting agents can focus on what they do best.. Letting properties

Generating Agency Invoices with from Rentview on Vimeo.

As always we would be happy to hear your feedback on this topic.

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Product Development : Automaton of the Lease Agreement 

Just a quick blog post to inform our customers of a great new feature we have added to the property management software on all three Rentview packages lite, premium and enterprise.The lease generator will create a lease once you  input the date relating to the rental property and specfic lease. The only field which you may wish to change per lease is the special conditions field. This field has the ability to input up to 1000 characters and will be located on the last page of the lease.

Once the lease is generated you will have the option to share it with your tenants, they will be emailed through Rentview informing them that a lease is now ready to be viewed on their Rentview account. (This of course is only possible once you add a tenants email address) So no longer will you go to sign a lease with a tenant only to find that the tenant wants to read through the document. This wouldn’t be a problem normally for an agent but when you only have put €1 in the parking meter the pressure can mount!

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Information Systems Planning for Letting Agents Part Two


Continuing on from last weeks post where we discussed the placement that software programs may have in an agencies overall strategy today we begin to look at the five steps of the IS (Information Systems) plan which is adapted from Gabrielle Piccoli book on Information Systems for Managers. 

Step One: Know who you are, strategic business planning.

Always ensure there is a long term plan for the overall direction of the agency before developing your IS plan. Software is an enabler of such plans, for example as an agency you may want to grow the business to a stage where you will require more offices/branches. In this case you may pursue a software package that is going to help catch tenants and landlords attention and improve the value you provide to your customer. On the flip side your costs may be badly affecting profits so you may be in pursuit of a system which will significantly reduce administration costs such as printing and accounts management. So you have an idea of why you need the software now its time for step two.

Step two: Know where you start: Information Systems Assessment

Once the agency has a clear grasp on the role of software in the organisation we must assess the current situation your letting agent is in. So there is a few key things we do here, firstly note the different types of software or hardware you use to manage data. Is Microsoft excel your one stop shop for accounts? Is all written communication with landlords done via you E-mail account etc? How are sales calls and service calls recorded and managed? Where are invoices stored and managed and so on? Basically you want to access the role systems even as basic as Microsoft word are working for your  agency and especially to access if they’re effective in terms of the business strategy. 


Thats the technical side of the assessment but don’t forget the people. Planning for the use of IS or software programs always involves four things people,technology,process and structure, each interlinked for ensuring efficient use of IS or software programs. Question your staff members or in the case of an individual running an agency on the use of such systems and what they may lack or require to help you. For example you may have the latest accounts management system for dealing with all your inbound and outbound  payments but if the staff are struggling to use the system then it may not be effective for the business. I have often heard of payments being missed by an agent or landlord due to basic mismanagement of information where the software didn’t ensure payments are received etc, there is numerous other things you may notice at this point. All of this then leads to the main step which is creating the vision for IS in the agency, that will be discussed in the next blog 🙂 Please comment with your thoughts and share if you found this useful or interesting. 

Information systems planning for letting agents part one

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How to read your electricity / gas bill with Electric Ireland

How come my bill is so high? As a letting agent or landlord a common question you may get from a tenant is exactly that. In most cases its not that the bill is so high its about understanding the bill. For some tenants they may not be familiar with how the utility companies work. This can be the case for first time tenants and foreign tenants renting in Ireland for the first time more so. They may not be familiar with deposits or how the billing system works. 

Through this useful link provided by Electric Ireland you can now see what exactly everything means. Now the next time you get a call from a tenant asking “How Come my energy bills are so high” you can go through the bill and help them understand what everything means.

From my own experience a lot of the times I got asked this question was based on 2 points. 

1. Reading was an estimate. A bill can be estimated when the meter reader employed by the utility company to visit a property and read residential readings could not gain access to the meter. (Meters can be located inside a property and sometimes locked away in communal meter rooms) If this is the case the utility company estimates the readings based on previous consumption. 

2. Security Deposit. When you open a new utility account the provider in most cases will seek a security deposit against the account. This has been brought out over the last few years to help protect the utility company against tenants absconding with a large unpaid bill.

You may also find our previous Blog on: Opening an account with an energy provider useful

Click through here to view the interactive bill Reading your electricity / gas bill with Electric Ireland


As always we would be happy to hear your feedback on this topic. 

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by Andreas Riha

Rental property availability Ireland

With seasonal adjustments the summer months of June & July have traditionally been the months with most available properties to let across Ireland. One of the main reasons behind this is the large amount of student rentals that are available to let over the summer period. During the months of August and September the number of available units should decrease. If we look at the Dublin rental market going by the leading property rental adversing site the number of advertised units in Dublin was somewhere around the mid 3,000’s today it is somewhere around 4,800. That is an increase of over 35%.

So does that mean that with more availability rents are adjusting downwards? Typically not, competition for properties will pick up significantly over the next couple of months and most landlords will hold out to secure the best rent. Also with the recent reports out that rents are increasing however marginal landlords are not willing to reduce. Some however may be to let their property now at a good rate rather than wait the extra month to fill the property.

As always we would be happy to hear your feedback on this topic. 

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Information Systems Planning for Letting Agents Part One


Back again to discuss the process of software adaption for Letting agents and planning its incorporation into the organisation. Some clients I have dealt with over the previous months have found it difficult in getting up and running with the  use of Rentview property management software and this series of blogs will look to guide agencies on there planning and integration of software solutions such as the cloud based property management system we offer. Firstly i want to point out the illustration below which shows different levels of IT focus and planning in organisations, these survey results are taken from Gabriele Piccoli.

What this illustration shows is that a strong focus on the use of IT and software programs and long term planning is essential to achieving a competitive differentiation in your market, whether you are a Letting Agent or a large Multi national company, the opportunity is there. They have classified IT into three stages supplier, aligned with business and competitive differentiation. If you think about some of the most successful companies in Ireland such as Tesco or closer to the property industry we can see how their use of IT and software has allowed them to differentiate themselves. Who is to say that you cant  allow software to take a pivotal role in your agencies strategy and long term goals. 


Before I get into the planning process (the next blog) which will help you understand and establish the role you want IT or software to play in your organisation its important to note some of the main reasons or benefits of creating the plan. 

#1- Unity of Purpose, businesses achieve their best results through planning with a clear strategy/goals in place. The deployment of software can allow people to take responsibility with different roles specified to staff members. Using Rentview as the example you may request different property managers to partake in different tasks, one may be responsible for managing the schedule and statements to mark money coming in and out while someone else may be responsible for uploading all let only clients onto the software to market your management package etc

#2 Simplifying decision over time, without a plan in place on the use of software in the company there is no context then for future decision making. Any potential project selections being made as part of a yearly budget process will then have little sense of overall direction or meaning.

Information systems planning for letting agents part two

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Strategic Alignment for a Letting Agency

Strategic alignment refers to the closeness of the relationship between company CEO’s or senior management and Information systems managers, or those workers heavily involved with the use of technology and software in the work place. Aligning the information system’s purpose and direction with the overall direction of the firm is a vital for long-term success.

The purpose of this blog is to help agencies and other companies alike to understand the process of aligning the needs of the organisation. After a year of learning about the role of information systems in organisations today, one thing was clear to me in my studies; it’s all about the planning.

Opportunities come and go fast, so it is important for all management to sit down and plan the role of information systems in the organisation. There are some key PEOPLE that an organisation needs to look at first; general managers, functional managers and the end-user are all important when making a decision on the use of information systems. For example, if you are debating whether to purchase property management software for your agency, it’s important to discuss the potential use of the software with your functional staff members and the end-user who is your customer, be it landlord or tenant.


To help align the information systems goals with business goals there are a few key questions that a general manager and firm can ask themselves. Gabriel Piccolli, the author of Information systems for Managers, Texts and Cases brings us the five key questions.

1-How much should we spend on IT?

A simple question that forces senior execs to discuss and decide what they are willing to spend on the role of information systems in the organisation, it helps if the agency know their budget before they go to the market looking for a property management solution.

2-Which business process should receive the €€€?

Which business processes are important to the firm that need some IT investment? I would assume activities such as website maintenance and management of customers would place highly here. Again it’s good to establish these things before making your investment.

3-How good do our IT services really need to be?

This question forces senior execs to make a conscious decision about the degree of service the firm needs and what they are willing to pay for. A smaller agency may only require a simple and low complex software system for certain business activities while the multi branch agencies may require a bigger and more comprehensive system.

4-What security and privacy risks will we accept?

Obviously this is something an organisation needs to discuss before investing in an information system and it is a hot topic at the moment with Google who I like to call ‘the ruler of the internet’ catching some negative PR for their new policies on the storage of customer data. For agencies looking to acquire software and align its use with business goals, you must ensure your data will be safe and retrievable when purchasing a system. Most software providers will state weather data can be obtained at the end of use.

5-Who do we blame if it all goes wrong?

Execs must clearly identify and assign responsibility for the information systems in the firm. This is helpful in assessing problems with the use of the software, such as the system not meeting expectations of the general managers. To put this into context, if you were to purchase a Rentview package for your agency you may assign work to your functional and general staff. In this case the general manger or agency owner may be responsible for setting up the different user accounts of each of his functional staff (the property managers), while a functional manager such as a senior letting agent may be given the responsibility of setting up accounts for the agency clients; both landlords and tenants.

That’s it for today, the next post relating to information systems will look at the first stages of the planning process. Please feel free to comment and discuss the post below.

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Property management- Wear and Tear of a rented property

Property management – wear and tear of a rented property

No property will remain in pristine condition throughout its existence. The mere act of people living in a property means that wear and tear will occur. This is especially true for rented properties, as the volume of people moving in and out can be quite high. It is the main sticking point when it comes to inventories and is the source of many disputes, with tenants claiming normal wear and tear and the landlord holding deposits and claiming damages. For this reason, it is important that both parties are clear on what defines normal wear and tear.


More often than not, it is a grey area. A hole in a plaster wall, a broken window and wardrobe doors torn off their hinges are fairly obviously damages but what about cracked bathroom tiles or a worn place in the carpet? Are they wear and tear? The legal definition of ‘normal wear and tear occurs where deterioration of the subject matter takes place over a period of time due to ordinary and reasonable use of the premises’ would suggest they quite probably are, but it’s still not entirely clear-cut. Keeping records of when items were bought or installed can help reduce the ambiguity. For example, a good quality carpet laid down a year ago would be expected to show less wear and tear after a one year tenancy than one laid down five years ago.


The best ways to avoid wear and tear disputes are to ensure both parties agree to a definition and a detailed inventory is taken at the start of the tenancy. Photographs in particular can be a great aid in settling such disputes.

Why not read our blog on ‘Dispute over the condition of the Property’

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Thanks for reading!

by Andreas Riha

Letting agency software

Silver for property management app- Rentview


TWO YOUNG entrepreneurs, Andreas Riha and Colin Napper, founders of, have been presented with the silver prize in the start-up awards category of On Line/Digital start-up of the year. The Vodafone Ireland sponsored awards ceremony was held in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel.


Andreas and Colin come from a property management background having developed an application that addresses the needs of letting agents.

Rentview’s transparent cloud-based application ensures that letting agents can manage their rental portfolio with ease.

It also allows easy access by landlords and their tenants.

The facility aims to improve efficiencies, reduce administration time and boost revenue.

It is currently being used by 40 agencies.

View this article (The Irish Times Wed 6th June 2012)