WITH the average rent in Dublin now soaring over €2,000, the housing crisis in Ireland has hit a new low.
We take a look at some of the worst housing ads on the market that see extortionate rates being charged for log cabins, small rooms and bunk beds.
€765/month for a ‘cosy wooden chalet’ in Swords
A self-contained small house at the back of someone’s garden in Swords is being advertised as a ‘cosy wooden chalet’ for €765 a month in Swords, ‘strictly’ for one person.
The accommodation features a sofa in the kitchen and a small bathroom with an electric shower.
The landlord did not reply to requests for comment at time of publication.
€125/week for a bunk bed in Rathmines
Four people reside in this apartment in Rathmines, sharing bunk beds in a small bedroom.
At a rate of €125 a week, the landlord requests for women only.
The property is advertised on behalf of Jan Rejthar, who is an agent that lets apartments on behalf of the landlord.
“The thing is, when you look at the market, it is what the market allows for,” he said.
“There is a lot of pressure to get housing, but this doesn’t reflect what the market allows for.”
€850/month for a log cabin in Kildare
A log cabin in Kildare is on the market for €850 a month, with the landlord having increased the price by €70 since the advert was initially posted.
Since speaking to the homeowner, the advert has been removed. Described as a “real treasure”, the advert stated that the tenant will have to shower in the main house.
The homeowner, who asked her name not to be disclosed, stated, “It’s idyllic, if I had any choice I wouldn’t share it with anyone.
She stated that the rent has been lowered, but declined to specify by how much.
“For ordinary homeowners like me, we’re just trying to make ends meet.”
She explained that she had experienced hardship in her personal life and that leasing out the cabin is a way of making ends meet.
“There’s two completely different groups of people out there, people like me, who are in desperate situations but are middle class and everything looks good on the outside,” she said.
“But there are landlords who screw people and they will try and put themselves in the same category as me and then buy new cars every two years and go on foreign holidays,” she added.
“I know people who do the Rent a Room scheme and there’s a shame and an embarrassment factor with it.”
€1,300/month for a ‘new build’ in Blanchardstown
A rental company is offering a ‘new build’ in Blanchardstown with one double bedroom and an incorporated kitchen and living room for €1,300 a month.
“I don’t set the price obviously, it’s a new build so the price would be brought up by that as well,” said Lesley Meehan, who is the agent letting out the property.
“It was reduced last week as it was €1,400 before.
“It’s a one bed, new build and that’s the average price in the area,” she added.
€410/month for a bunk bed in Dublin 1
A bunk bed in a shared room is on offer for €410 a month in Dublin 1.
The advert was posted in a group on Facebook, where landlords and tenants advertise accommodation. This particular group has over 55,000 members.
“Most of the houses in town are expensive,” said Irem Celebi, who posted the advert.
“This house really ranks in a great location.”
… and discriminatory adverts ask for ‘non-Portuguese’ speakers
Some adverts discriminate on the basis of nationality.
An advert in a Facebook group has ‘non Portuguese speakers’ listed at the top. The user who posed the advert did not reply for requests for comment.