In Ireland, looking for somewhere to live can be difficult. The volume and range of rental accommodation available usually depend on the part of the country you are moving to. Larger cities and towns may offer greater options and price ranges than smaller towns and villages. On the other hand, rental prices outside larger urban areas are generally lower.
How to look for a place to rent
Finding accommodation in Ireland can be very difficult. Indeed, the rental market in Ireland, and more specifically in Dublin, is very limited and very expensive. For instance, the monthly average for a single bedroom in the city centre is €654 while a double room is around €771 on average. If you rather have your own studio apartment count a monthly budget of €1000, or for a more accessible price you can also share a bedroom which is really common in Dublin for approximately €450 per month.
Thus, living outside the city centre can be an interesting alternative to not spending the whole budget on rent. However, you must consider the price of public transport which is really high (€120 monthly).
Here are some websites to help you to find a place to rent
There are also many groups on Facebook for people who are looking for flatmates such as The Ideal Flatmate, Rent a room in Dublin, Expats in Dublin…Nevertheless, you must be really careful and cautious since there are many scams and false ads. Never give any landlord money without visiting the flat or accommodation. And if you are viewing an accommodation, it is advisable to go with a friend.
Hence, to avoid any scam you can also contact specialized agencies which will help you to find accommodation according to your requirements such as Blive Student Agency, Savills Dawson Street, Dublin 1 Apartments.
Landlords may ask for a deposit, which might be a week or month’s rent. If you are receiving social welfare payments, your Community Welfare Officer may help with paying a deposit, although you may have to pay some of it yourself. Make sure you get a receipt for any deposit you pay. You may lose your deposit if you:
- Leave without giving proper notice or leave before the end of a fixed-term lease
- Cause damage to the accommodation beyond normal wear and tear
- Leave with bills or rent unpaid
Before you agree to rent
Make sure you can afford the rent being asked. If you will be claiming rent supplement, make sure you know the local maximum rent level allowed by the Health Services Executive (HSE) Area. It is sensible to tell the landlord at this stage that you will be claiming it since not all landlords will take tenants on rent supplement.
Be aware of your rights and your obligations and your landlord’s rights and obligations. Your landlord, for example, is obliged to provide you with a rent book. They are also obliged to ensure that the accommodation meets certain minimum physical standards. They should also register the tenancy with the Private Residential Tenancies Board, an organisation set up by the government to register tenancies and mediate disputes between landlords and tenants.
If the landlord wants to give you a fixed-term lease of six months or a year, don’t agree to this unless you’re sure you want to stay that long. If you leave before the end of a fixed-term lease, you may lose your deposit.
You should draw up and agree on a list of furnishings and appliances provided, with the landlord. This will help to prevent disputes during your stay and when you are leaving. If there are any signs of damage by previous tenants, make sure this is noted too. This list should be included in the rent book.
If there are great repairs, ask the landlord to state in writing that he/she will carry them out.