SURVEYORS WELCOME GOVERNMENT’S PYRITE PANEL REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS AND CALL FOR SPEEDY IMPLEMENTATION TO ASSIST HOMEOWNERS

Today: 18th July: The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) has welcomed the publication of the Pyrite Panel Report by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and called for a speedy implementation of the recommendations to assist homeowners affected by pyrite issues.

The SCSI said that the report from the Pyrite Panel was comprehensive and that its recommendations including a mandatory certification system for dwellings affected by Pyrite, ensuring the provision of insurance cover on pyrite affected homes and immediate re-engagement by stakeholders including Homebond in particular to facilitate remediation, would go some way to alleviating the challenging circumstances that homeowners are finding themselves in.

Chartered Building Surveyor Krystyna Rawicz who is a member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland said “We welcome the Panel’s recommendations to assist homeowners given that up to 10,000 units may potentially be affected and would also like to see some robust solutions to assist them financially given the average cost of remedial works in between €40,000 and €50,000”.

Commenting on the lack of enforcement Building Control Regulations around the pyrite issue, Ms. Rawicz said “We need mandatory supervision and greater enforcement of Building Control Regulations – which exist for the protection of the consumer – to ensure that this type of scenario is avoided in the future. In the UK, an independent inspection process exists which facilitates greater enforcements of the regulations”.

The SCSI endorsed the recommendation for the establishment of a resolution board and said that it will provide a structured redress mechanism that is currently not available to homeowners.

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