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Does any state organisation regulate, and the other property sites?



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,308 ✭✭✭ endofrainbow

    As far as I know, these are private companies and pay their E30 to advertise. I doubt these ads are monitored. Perhaps a call to the Property Registration Authority might clarify?

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 62,249 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011

    There's no regulation

    The EAs themselves have a regulator, but there are no rules on giving size for instance.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,354 ✭✭✭✭ Mrs OBumble

    The rules which apply to advertising property apply equally to website, press advertisements, flyers handed out by agents etc.

    For example, there are a range of things which Daft will not show on rental advertising, because it is not legal, eg HAP not accepted.

    The same regulatory authorities which apply law on other platforms apply the law on websites. I'm thinking that there is likely no law against using imperial measurements (miles etc) or that it is not enforced: if there was, Daft at least would likely comply.

    There certainly are requirements about disclosing information about properties, either up-front or not request. These requirements apply to real estate agents though, not to the media - and I'm not sure that there's a requirement to put everything in the advertising, though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,728 ✭✭✭✭ Dav010

    Am I missing something?

    Can you not add the individual sizes up to get the overall? And the conversion of m2/ft2 could not be simpler.

    In relation to size, the advertiser/brochure does not owe a duty of care to you, you have to measure the dimensions yourself.

    Post edited by Dav010 on

  • Why should we have to add up every measurement in every room in every property just because these shyster auctioneers and websites want to obfuscate the real size of their midget properties? Oh, and it is most definitely illegal to have measurements only in imperial.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,728 ✭✭✭✭ Dav010

    Because it’s simple to do.

    In relation to imperial measurements, are you applying consumer law to property?

  • Registered Users Posts: 563 ✭✭✭ RainInSummer

    While I have no great sympathy for estate agents (one step down from used car dealers mostly) I don't feel the owners of those websites should be policing estate agents beyond what is required by law. It's ridiculous to suggest the entire problem lies with them.

    If it is required by law then contact those websites. You might even get some rent money for the space they're taking up in your head.

  • Registered Users Posts: 896 ✭✭✭ Economics101

    Maybe the State agencies should up their game before we look at yet more regulation of the private sector. For example the PSRA gives a record of actual transaction values for all relevant properties but no information on the area. This should be dead easy to provide and would add immensely to the value of the price register.

    So get you act together, civil servants, before telling everyone else what to do.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,642 ✭✭✭ C3PO

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  • And your problem is what, precisely? That we should say nothing when these chancer auctioneers/websites try to obfuscate consumers in 2021 by advertising their property merchandise in the larger-sounding imperial measurement system which hasn't been taught in Irish schools since... 1970?

  • How about these:


    In March 2009 a new directive (2009/3/EC) was agreed amending existing EU regulations on metric measurements.


    The new regulations permitted:

    • the indefinite use of dual labelling in metric and imperial measurements;

    • the indefinite use of non-metric measurements where no metric ones exist, such as bytes in computing;

    • the indefinite use by the United Kingdom and by the Republic of Ireland of the pint, the mile and the troy ounce for certain specified uses


    Metric should be displayed as the lead measurement, imperial is allowed also as long as metric also featured as the primary measurement.


    Legislative references:

    SI 255of 1992

    Metrology Act 1996 – Section 19 (third schedule)

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,354 ✭✭✭✭ Mrs OBumble

    If someone is soo stupid that they cannot use Google to convert miles to km etc, then they have no business buying property.

  • Great. I'm off to sell a product in Ireland in 2021 in pounds, shillings and pence. "If someone is soo stupid that they cannot use Google to convert..."

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,300 ✭✭✭ Topgear on Dave

    The first thing I did when I looked at buying a house was get a tape measure and check the measurements.

    If you cannot do this you should not be going in to sign complicated mortgage documentation.

    I'm sorry but missus O'B is absolutely right. You cannot have your hand held for absolutely everything.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,728 ✭✭✭✭ Dav010

    Strange analogy, that currency hasn’t been legal tender since 2002. What would you do if a customer paid you in the currency you advertised the item for sale?

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 3,021 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Raichu

    I don’t always agree with you, but I can’t disagree here. This is just a waste of energy to concern about, like honestly who gives a shite.

    i wouldn’t give much of a rats ass what they advertise anyway, you’ll have a viewing and bring a tape measure and check yourself.

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 3,021 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Raichu

    right cos that’s definitely the same thing..

    ”anyone wanna buy my house with non legal tender?”

    “only if you measure it in feet and inches!!!!!!!!”

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,728 ✭✭✭✭ Dav010

    To be fair Furze, it’s hardly a ruse/trick to advertise in ft/ft2. Many of us still refer to our own, and others height in ft and “s rather than m/cm. We know small/medium/large rooms/houses by their square footage and builders quotes are still often given in ft2. I recently had to increase the insurance on my house to take into account rise in cost of rebuild, I was asked about ft2 size of my house by insurer.

    The conversion from ft2 to m2 is among the simplest calculations there is, as others have said, if you can’t do that in your head, chances are you will find other facets of buying/building almost impossible.

    We still call a pint a pint (I know, it’s exempted), the op’s ire and your accusation is akin to accusing a pub of trickery/a ruse for not referring to it in its metric form. The fact remains, a pint is a pint, the same way a foot is a foot or an acre is ….., well you get the drift, the length/area does not get shorter/smaller depending on the unit of measurement. It’s just being outraged for the sake of it.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,395 ✭✭✭ Nermal

    It's a perfectly reasonable suggestion.

    Regulations that improve the quality, availability and reliability of information help a market function more efficiently.

    Contrast it with the 'HAP not accepted' law that actually hides information, and increases transaction costs.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,728 ✭✭✭✭ Dav010

    Make no mistake, changing to metric was all about harmonising measurements within the EU, the reason they still allow imperial to be used as well is that an American wouldn’t know a metre from a shilling, and with the UK reverting to imperial, you can be sure it will still be used here.

    Does referring to a room in feet really reduce the quality, reliability and availability of the information to you? Sounds like you are saying the unit used in some way alters the length/area of the room. Strange.

    Does anyone think stating your height in mm rather than feet/inches changes how tall you are or is a trick/ruse?

  • In fairness, nobody is going to get a tape measure to the myhome/daft page on his/her laptop screen while trying to narrow down properties above a certain size. Once he/she has narrowed down the properties by that criterion he/she may very well decide to visit them and then bring a measuring tape.

    They shouldn't have to physically visit every single property with a measuring tape when clear and transparent advertising could save everybody time. This practice only exists because of shyster property salespeople and websites trying to make properties appear larger than they are. In most/all other businesses the size of products conforms with the law that there must be a metric size. The person visits the online website, sees the product details transparently advertised, and then can go into the relevant business to buy or indeed measure them. But auctioneers on myhome/daft, etc?

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,728 ✭✭✭✭ Dav010

    He/she should buy a calculator if mental arithmetic is not their strongpoint. It only “appears larger” to the very few.

  • Not a strange analogy at all. It is at least 1992 since it was made illegal to advertise a product only in imperial measurements in this state, yet this is precisely what these chancer auctioneers are doing in 2021 when they refuse to give the metric sizes of the properties they're selling, and myhome/daft are facilitating them. Transparency in sizes/product offerings should be a professional standard by all members of the IAPV, but far from it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,728 ✭✭✭✭ Dav010

    In 2021 would you accept payment in pounds, shillings and pence for the item you are selling? The answer to that should give a clue as to the strangeness of advertising the item for sale in those units of currency.

    Besides which, an advertised price for an item is merely an invitation to treat. You can advertise the item for sale in beans if you like.

  • It very much is a ruse; imperial makes their midget property seem larger, closer to a large town, etc. That's precisely why auctioneers use it. It's also most definitely illegal to refuse to give the metric size. As pointed out, it's 1970 - almost 52 years ago - since the imperial system was last taught in Irish schools so just how many property buyers in 2021 learnt anything other than metric in school? Meanwhile, while people make excuses for auctioneers, every shop, every butcher and the rest of society must conform to selling their products in metric...

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,046 ✭✭✭ silver2020

    Hope the op never wants to buy in the UK.

    If you ask for the overall sq ft of a property you will be answered with a blank stare.

    Unless there's an obligation to give a size, there's no obligation as to what metrics to use and most people will know the approximate equivalence between metric and imperial as we get a huge amount of information from the UK

    Methinks the op is ranting for the sake of a rant.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,728 ✭✭✭✭ Dav010

    That really only applies to those who would be easily taken in by such a “ruse”. A tiny apartment is a tiny apartment, the unit of measurement does not change that.

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  • Given that most of us never learnt the imperial system, giving the bigger-sounding imperial measurements is certainly designed to hide the size of the product. Again, no other business in Irish society can get away with selling their products only in imperial. Why should shyster auctioneers and their websites be given an exception when it comes to clear and transparent advertising for Irish consumers?