Section 48 of the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015, applies to dwellings (private residences) being sold from 1 January 2016. From this date, the responsibility lies with the seller (vendor) of a dwelling to ensure the water charges for the dwelling are paid before the sale of the dwelling can be completed.

Vendors who are selling a dwelling can ensure their obligations are met in one of the following ways:

  • As a vendor, you can request a ‘Statement of Account’ from Irish Water. This will show any outstanding water charges for the dwelling that you are selling and the balance can be paid to Irish Water.
     
  • As a vendor, you can request a ‘Certificate of Discharge’ from Irish Water if the billed water charges for the dwelling are paid.
     
  • As a vendor, you can request a ‘Letter of Non-Liability’ from Irish Water which states that you are not liable for water charges at the dwelling you are selling (e.g. if you have had tenants living at the property).
     
  • As a vendor, you can request that your solicitor withholds any outstanding water charges for the dwelling from the proceeds of the sale. When Irish Water receives the payment from your solicitor, a ‘Receipt of Payments’ will be issued to your solicitor. 

How to request documents:

Vendors:
If you are a vendor of a dwelling, you can request the above documents by calling us on LoCall 1850 448 448 or +353 1 707 2824 (our lines are open from 9am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday). When calling, you will need the Irish Water Account Number and WPRN of the dwelling you are selling. The Account Number and WPRN can be found in the top right hand corner of the Irish Water bills for the dwelling that you are selling.

Solicitors of vendors:
Solicitors of vendors can request the above documents by email or post only.
Written requests must be on headed paper and should include:

  • The document type required
  • The name of the vendor.
  • The Irish Water Account Number and WPRN for the dwelling being sold.
  • The address of the dwelling.
  • When requesting a ‘Receipt of Payments’, the date of payment(s), amount paid and payment method must also be included.

Email address for document requests: section48requests@water.ie
Postal address for document requests: PO Box 860, South City Delivery, Cork City, Cork.

Questions and Answers:

The new legislation requires vendors (sellers) of private residences to make arrangements to pay their water charges before the completion of the sale. Vendors can do this in the following ways:

  • As a vendor, you can request a ‘Statement of Account’ from Irish Water. This will show any outstanding water charges for the dwelling that you are selling and the balance can be paid to Irish Water.
  • As a vendor, you can request a ‘Certificate of Discharge’ from Irish Water if the billed water charges for the dwelling are confirmed as paid.
  • As a vendor, you can request a ‘Letter of Non-Liability’ from Irish Water which states that you are not liable for water charges at the dwelling you are selling (e.g. if you have had tenants living at the property).
  • As a vendor, you can request that your Solicitor withholds any outstanding water charges for the dwelling from the proceeds of the sale. When Irish Water receives the payment from your Solicitor, a receipt will be issued to your Solicitor.

If you are a vendor of dwelling, you can request the above documents by calling us on LoCall 1850 448 448 or +353 1 707 2824 (our lines are open from 9am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday). When calling, you will need the Irish Water Account Number and WPRN of the dwelling you are selling. The Account Number and WPRN can be found in the top right hand corner of the Irish Water bills for the dwelling that you are selling.

You will need to provide your solicitor with either one of these documents:

  • A ‘Certificate of Discharge’ from Irish Water that confirming water charges have been paid.
  • A statement from Irish Water (called a Letter of Non-Liability) that confirms that you (the vendor and owner of the dwelling) are not liable for water charges for the dwelling.

The amount that must be paid to allow completion of the sale is the last amount billed for water changes less any payments since the bill was issued.

You can call us on LoCall 1850 448 448 or +353 1 707 2824 (our lines are open from 9am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday) to confirm the balance on your account or alternatively, you can check your account balance through your My Water online account here if you have one.

Please note: water charges incurred up to the date of sale are also payable but these will not typically be taken into account when issuing a Certificate of Discharge.

Yes, a solicitor acting for a vendor who is selling a dwelling can request a ‘Receipt for Payment’ document for payments made. Solicitors can contact us to request these documents by email or post only.

Email address for document requests: section48requests@water.ie

Postal address for document requests: PO Box 860, South City Delivery, Cork City, Cork.

Where full payment of the amount payable is made, the receipt will state that the payment(s) made are in full and final settlement of the solicitor’s obligation to withhold and pay monies from the sale of the dwelling.

Please note: water charges incurred up to the date of sale are also payable but these will not typically be taken into account when issuing a Certificate of Discharge.

You have to provide your Local Authority with a ‘Certificate of Discharge from Irish Water’. To request this document, you can call us on LoCall 1850 448 448 or +353 1 707 2824 (our lines are open from 9am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday). When calling, please have your Irish Water Account Number, WPRN and the address of the dwelling you are buying.

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