Follow these steps to ensure your Irish Water account is cleared so the sale of the home can be completed. Simply choose one of the following options that best describes you and follow the required steps.

I have outstanding water charges

The home you are selling has unpaid water charges. Follow these steps to clear the account.

  1. Request a Statement of Billed Charges Payable from Irish Water to check for any outstanding water charges on the property you are selling.    
  2. Pay the balance owed
  3. Request a Certificate of Discharge from Irish Water
  4. Give the Certificate of Discharge to your solicitor
  5. You are now clear to continue with your sale

I have paid all my water charges

  1. Request a Certificate of Discharge from Irish Water
  2. Give the Certificate of Discharge to your solicitor
  3. You are now clear to continue with your sale

I wish to cover my water charges from the sale proceeds

This must be arranged in advance through your solicitor

  1. Request a Statement of Account from Irish Water to see if there are any outstanding water charges for the home you are selling. To allow completion of the sale, you must pay the last amount billed for water charges less any payments made since the bill was issued
  2. Request your solicitor to withhold the outstanding water charges owed from the proceeds of the sale
  3. When Irish Water receives the payment from your solicitor, a ‘Receipt of Payments’ will be issued to your solicitor
  4. You are now clear to continue with your sale

I am not liable for the water charges owed

You may be a landlord not living at the property with outstanding water charges in a tenant's name.

  1. Request a Statement of Account from Irish Water to see if there are any outstanding water charges for the home you are selling
  2. Request a Letter of Non-Liability from Irish Water. This letter states that you are not liable for water charges at the home you are selling
  3. Give the Letter of Non-Liability to your solicitor
  4. You are now clear to continue with your sale

I am a Local Authority Tenant buying my home

  1. You will need to provide your Local Authority with a Certificate of Discharge from Irish Water
  2. You are now clear to continue with your purchase   

Requesting documents

You can request the following documents from Irish Water:

  1. Certificate of Discharge
  2. Statement that owner is not liable for water charges
  3. Statement of Billed Charges Payable
  4. Receipt of payment(s) (via a solicitor only)
  5. Acknowledgment of Notification (no net proceeds) (via a solicitor only)

Call us

Callsave 1850 448 448 or +353 1 707 2824 (our lines are open from 9am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday).

What you will need

You will need the Irish Water Account Number and WPRN of the home you are selling. The Account Number and WPRN can be found in the top right hand corner of your Irish Water bill.

Solicitors requesting documents

Please note:
Solicitors must request the above documents by email or post only.
Written requests must be on headed paper and should include the following:

  • The document type required
  • The name of the vendor
  • The Irish Water Account Number and WPRN for the home being sold
  • The address of the home
  • 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.

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