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The rental market in Dublin is an absolute shambles. 

When you enter a reasonable monthly rent price on Rebt.ie or Daft.ie, often you will see the dreaded phrase 'no properties found.' 

However, if you're willing to go uip a tax bracket or two, there are plenty of luxury homes to be found, for the low low price of around ten grand a month. Casual. 

No. 2 Bayswater Terrace, Breffni Road, Sandycove, Co. Dublin

 This STUNNING gaff in Sandycove is going for a cool €10,000 per month, but you're getting what you're paying for. 

Five bedrooms, a sea view, a study and two reception rooms make this the ideal summer house all year round. However, we wouldn't even be able to rent it out just for the summer…

Another picturesque property with an absolute ride of a view. 

This Dalkey family home boasts four double boudoirs, and is located right beside Sorrento Park. Park avenue princess, Dublin style.  

Grafton Street, Dublin 2

As well as being stunning in it's modern design, this penthouse is located right on top of Dublin's busiest shopping mecca – Grafton Street. 

We'd be broke from all the shopping if the rent didn't make us that was in the first place, you're looking at almost €4,000p/m for this hot spot. 

 Breffni Terrace, Sandycove, Co. Dublin

Put your personal touch on this unfurnished property for just €9,000 per month. 

This palatial pad  was originally build in 1860, and is mere minutes from Forty Foot. 

Waterloo Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

This stunning Georgian-style building will set you back almost ,000 a month, but at just a ten minute walk from St Stephen's Green, you'd probably save some cash on your commute if you're working in town.  

The spacious home also comes with a stunning professionally landscaped town garden with shrub borders and patio area. 

Upper Leeson street, Dublin 4

This refurbished terraced period house comes with five double bedrooms and four bathrooms, so no more screaming at your housemates to get out of the shower when you need to brush your teeth but are already late for work. 

This gaff also comes with a second bedroom just for your CLOTHES. Because a walk-in wardrobe just isn't enough…

Private Letting, Dublin 4

 According to the description, this property is ideal for an ambitions business tycoon, as the '4 bedroom, 5 bath home is located in an enviable and convenient location, within easy reach of Dublin Docklands, European headquarters of Google, Facebook, Linked In, Dublin's financial Services Sector and the City Centre.'

 You's want to be fairly good at your job alright, as you'll need to cough up €10,000 per month for this place. 

15B Ballsbridge Avenue, Dublin 4

 Modern and pared-back, this minimalistic apartment looks like a young professional's dream. 

However, it's the outdoor terrace that really sticks out to us. 

Lad Lane, Dublin 2, Dublin 2

 Located being secured, electronic gates (casual) is a stunning red bricked mansion we could only dream of owning. 

If you have €5,000 a month to spare, you can get four bedrooms, polished oak floors, and a freestanding, roll-top bathtub. 

Hanover Dock Penthouse, Hanover Quay, Dublin 2

For €8,000 p/m, this lad pad is the perfect party house. 

With a terrace bigger than any property we've ever rented in Dublin, the luxury apartment is uber-luxurious. 

So, with an abundance of luxury properties for astronomical prices in the Big Smoke, perhaps someone can get cracking on creating some affordable housing for us mere mortals?

Until we can afford these gaffs, of course. 

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Dear Dublin, 

We get on alright you and me, don't we? We've known each other intimately for the guts of five years and honestly, I couldn't picture being anywhere else but you. 

I've traipsed across your complex cacophony of bridges over the beautiful (albeit trolley-filled) waters of your Liffey on many the night out.

I've learned how to navigate your public transport system, and I've even been robbed on the Luas – twice!

I've even been stopped by tourists and asked for recommendations or directions, and to my very own surprise, been able to answer them with ease.

 

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Maybe these things don't necessarily make me a city slicker, but I do cherish our relationship because you are able to give me things my own county can't – my dream job most specifically, but also an amazing array of opportunities. 

But there's something we need to discuss and we need to discuss it pretty urgently, because if we don't have a chat about it soon, there's a major chance my eye will stand wandering to cities farther afield.

Cities like London, where a one-bedroom flat in Dalston is officially cheaper than anything I've seen on Daft.ie lately.

 

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If I see one more advertisement advising me to share a triple bunk bed room with two men (females only) for nine hundred euro, I'll scream. 

Don't get me started on those Facebook pages, where up to 40,000 wannabe Dubliners flock every single day to envelop anyone with an overpriced shed for rent with a furious snowstorm of 'PM'd' 'PM'd' PM'd.'

You have all the jobs a budding graduate could want, but seemingly nowhere to store your ever-growing workforce.

We live, bumping shoulders, in back-to-back residential sprawls and cramped apartments, praying to land in an home that's at least a minimum one hour commute from work. 

I hear words on the radio like normalisation recovery, vacant property tax and developers dream, and yet see no more properties on the market from one week to the next. 

 

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Most weeks when I put my 'max' affordability into a rental website, I see those three tragic words- 'no results found.'

Occasionally, there are some available spaces in my price range. Car parking spaces, that is.

People in Ballsbridge and Blackrock renting out their extra car parking space for the same amount of cash that once would have gotten me a place to lay my head .

The days there are properties in my price range, how my heart soars. But unsurprisingly, it quickly sinks again when I see that the kitchen is so small that the toaster is kept in the bathroom, or that the home is only available Sunday night through to Friday, after which you must vacate the property to make room for the landlord's child, home from their countryside college. 

Once, I rang a property in Stonybatter to be told that the landlord's rules were no parties, no shoes inside and no using the kitchen, which was kept locked.

But that's okay, one of the tenants told me, she had just bought a microwave for her bedroom! 

Realistically, most people can afford to live in Dublin. 

It's just that after rent, they're left with quite literally nothing with which to live their lives, nourish their bodies and enjoy their time in you, the most vibrant of Irish cosmopolitan utopias. 

When I was a student, it was impossible to find houses, as sub text on housing descriptions read 'professionals only -no students.' How I longed to get into the working world and have my pick of Dublin's properties. 

Now it's 'professionals only – minimum five years experience. Minimum four excellent references. Three copies of your current employment contract needed.'

Don't forget your PPS number, your Junior Cert results, the details of your recent smear test and a Rumplestilskin-esque deed to the soul of your first born. 

 

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Don't get me started on the shady landlords, the evil overlords who maintain control over their minute property universe through a combination of financial extortion and backhanded dealings. 

From craigslist ads offering discounted rents to women in exchange for sex with seedy landlords, to the almost as offensive demand for a deposit, first two months rent and last months rent up front.

Dublin, I love you, but please get your act together or this may be a break up letter. 

I feel that I want you a hell of a lot more than you want me.

Or maybe you do want me, but you just expect me to live in a four-person occupied studio apartment for €400.

Oh, and that's per week. 

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By Amy Donohoe

All traffic came to a halt in Dublin’s city centre yesterday evening as protesters sat down on the intersection of O'Connell Street and Parnell Street.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the building where activists were removed Tuesday night by Gardaí. Five people were arrested due to the incident, and many activists suffered reported injuries and had to be hospitalised.

The activists were occupying this building for the last two weeks, despite the High Court ordering them to vacate the premises. A Facebook page: Take Back The City – Dublin, urged activists to “Please get down to Store Street Garda Station for rally in solidarity with three arrested activists”.

Shane De Rís, Trinity Student Union President said; "The housing crisis is having a detrimental effect on all sectors of Irish society, with young people and families among the most vulnerable. Young people today are part of a generation whose future is at risk as we are being priced out of homes, education, and livelihoods."

"The on-going peaceful direct actions and protests are a manifestation of the anger and frustration young people across the country are feeling. The inaction from the government and ruling classes has forced students and activists to take action into their own hands.”

He continued; “The arrest and subsequent hospitalisation of the Trinity student during peaceful protest must not be tolerated. The abusive treatment of those detained and the actions of the masked security sent to evict the occupiers from the property must be condemned at every turn. We stand in solidarity with our student and the other peaceful protesters arrested."

After 25 days of protesting, the housing activists were removed from the vacant house at 34 North Frederick Street by a number of men wearing balaclavas, who reportedly arrived in an white van with a UK registration plate, according to a Take Back The City Statement. It is believed that were hired as private contractors by the landlords, according to our reporter. 

According to occupiers, the property had been left vacant for the last three years.

Gardai have been criticised as images of them on social media emerged of them with their faces covered whilst standing in front of the building during the eviction. A garda spokesman said that their "only role in the proceedings was to prevent a breach of the peace", adding that the "eviction itself was peaceful."

'Take Back the City' released a Facebook press statement saying: 'It is important to highlight that, as the security firm sent to enter the building contravened the … legislation, An Garda Siochana therefore defended an illegal activity and arrested activists who opposed this illegal activity.'

And yesterday evening, the property was occupied with banners and posters hanging from the windows. Protesters chanted the slogans; “this is why we have to fight, housing is a human right.”, “Homes for people, not for profit”, “People not profit” and “Leo Leo Leo, Out Out Out.”

The Rubber Bandits have been actively posting about this campaign on social media, they tweeted; “Concerned about working people stuck on a Luas? Which is a greater inconvenience? This protest? Or Extortionate rent? Do you know how many workers that are inconvenienced by jobs they hate rather than jobs they love? Because of high rent. This protest is for everyone in Ireland.”

Many students have been a part of the #TakeBackTheCity movement, Síona Cahill President of the USI (Union of Students in Ireland) said; “Students are being locked out of education, with accommodation the single biggest financial burden on students, even before our student fees – which are in fact the second highest in Europe.” 

Speaking to a DCU student at the event, she said; “Essentially I attended the demonstration today to express my frustration with the government's approach to the housing crisis in general. Furthermore three young people were brutally attacked last night by masked thugs while they were peacefully protesting while occupying a building – we live in a democracy , that can't be tolerated and as a young person I feel like we are generation that now have to fight for our future.

With work so precarious, wages not moving and rents soaring – everyday feels like things are getting worse for us but better for those with a home. The boom is not back for under 35s in Ireland.”

Cahill encourages everyone to “Join us on October 3rd as part of national call to action in Dublin. There is a crisis. It impacts people across the country, students and local communities alike, and we need your visible support.”

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Some Irish workers can look forward to a slight increase in their hourly pay as Ireland’s living wage has increased by 20 cents.

Workers will now be paid at least €11.90 an hour so they can enjoy a decent standard of living.

It is understood that the boost is down to Ireland’s housing crisis. People are struggling more than ever to afford housing in Ireland, which means the price of living has increased.

The news was confirmed by the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice: “Rising rents push Living Wage to €11.90 per hour in 2018, a €0.20 increase from 2017. The #LivingWage represents the minimum average gross salary of a single full-time worker without dependents, needs to afford an acceptable minimum standard of living.”

There has been a drop in the cost of health insurance, transport and food in 2018, but the growing rent prices are swallowing up nearly half of the average person’s wages.

Dr Bernadette McMahon of the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice stated:  “We try and reflect a figure which actually reflects the cost of living and what people have to spend for a reasonable standard of living.”

Employers do not have to pay their workers the living wage, but many companies support the idea.

There is no plan to increase the minimum wage yet. The minimum wage currently stands at €9.55 in Ireland.

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Dublin renters have been urged to look out for a new scam that has been doing the rounds on property letting websites. 

The con artist behind the scam post ads for unavailable properties and tries to gain the interested party's trust by sharing his drivers licence and a picture of himself. Both items of identification has been stolen from another person. 

Fake contracts outlining the terms and conditions of the letting have also been sent to prospective tenants. 

The scam first came to the attention of the Garda after the man whose identity had been stolen reported the crime. 

It seems the man handed over his details when the criminal posed as a prospective tenant. 

According to Independent.ie, at least one fake advertisement was posted on Daft.ie by the scammer for a three-bedroom property in Dublin 4.

The con artist demands two months rent before, as well as a deposit, before the property can even be viewed.

These types of scams have resulted in many desperate renters handing over thousands of euros for lettings that don't exist. 

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New figures from Daft.ie show Dublin's rental market favours tourists and those looking for short-term accommodation. 

According to the research, 53 per cent of the capital's rental properties are listed as short-term lets, with many landlords choosing to rent their homes via Airbnb. 

As of yesterday, there were 1,259 long-term rental properties available in Dublin, though that figure is expected to fall below 1,000 by the end of this year. 

The co-founder of Daft.ie, Eamonn Fallon, said: “Action urgently needs to be taken to increase supply, both in Dublin and nationwide. The country needs close to 50,000 homes a year to cater to underlying housing demand, both market and social. Of the 50,000 homes, 15,000 are needed for the rental market with 10,000 of those in the capital.

Meanwhile, despite the the introduction of rent pressure zones, rent in and around the Dublin area have continued to rise steadily. 

Martin Clancy of Daft.ie said: “Rents have been rising as supply continues to bottom out nationwide. Despite a cap of 4% on sitting tenants, rental inflation has been above 10% nationwide and shows no sign of abating without a sharp increase in supply.”

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OK, so at this point we all know the Dublin rental market is having a bit of a nervous breakdown.

Online property searches are over-flowing with shared rooms, outrageous rents and cramped bedsits, and it doesn't look like it's going to change any time soon. 

However, every now and again, after what feels like days of scrolling, you'll come across a property that ticks all the boxes – (only for it to be snapped up before you even got a look in). 

But never fear, because in an effort to help you beautiful people with your room search, we've done some digging and uncovered six Dublin properties under €600 – and there's not a bunk bed in sight. 

Churchtown, Dublin 14 – €550 per month 

Double bed, built in wardrobe and enough room for a free-standing full-length mirror – what more could you want?

The converted attic in Churchtown is practically palatial in comparison to some of the dingy student digs we've been subjected to over the years – just look at all that floor space!

You'll be sharing with three girls and one guys in their 20s and 30s, and it's within walking distance from Dundrum Town Centre, Nutgrove Shopping Centre & the Dundrum LUAS stop – perfect if you're commuting in and out of town everyday.

Kimmage, Dublin 6w – €450 per month 

The price tag isn't the only attractive thing about this property. A double bedroom, nifty communal living area and off-street parking make it the perfect house for anyone looking for good company and relaxed vibes. 

According to the listing, the house is currently occupied by three easy going professionals in their late twenties to early thirties, and their looking for someone similar to join their gang. 

Sure the room itself is lacking a little when it comes to space, but given that the price is well below average Dublin rents at the minute, we're willing to loom past that. 

Harold's Cross, Dublin 6 – €400 per month

Nope, we haven't magically travelled back in time to 2015. This cosy room in the sought-after Dublin 6 area is actually going for €400 per month. 

Located right in between Rathmines and Harold's Cross, the property is within walking distance from town and close to all local amenities. 

The new occupant will be sharing with two guys and one girl who promise "chilled, relaxed vibes all round." 

Terenure, Dublin 6 – €500 per month 

Again, not the most spacious living space you'll find in the capital city, but it's convenient location, decent price tag and inviting communal areas helped it to earn a place on our list. 

Currently occupied by 3 male professionals, both lads and ladies are invited to view the available box room. 

It's a 20-minute cycle to the city centre, or if like us you'd rather leave the bike at home, the 15 and 16 bus routes will drop you straight into the hustle and bustle. 

Rialto, Dublin 8 – €550 per month 

According to the ad, the ideal candidate will:
1. Always have Netflix suggestions.
2. Join in on trips to Ikea.
3. Take on their fair share of cleaning.
4. Not smoke inside (like ever.)
5. Be generally sound.

Sound like you? 

You'll be sharing with two young professionals in their mid twenties who enjoy wine and chats and movie nights (with their brand new projector!). 

Harold's Cross, Dublin 6 – €550

Front facing room with good storage and central heating? – Sounds like we're on to a winner already.

Bills include gas and electricity only (the landlord pays for bins and TV licence) and broadband is €20 per month.

The house is currently occupied by two gals in their early 30 who are only too fond of vino, game of thrones, and pizza – perfection!

 

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The latest report from property website Daft.ie shows that rents across the country have reached a record high of €1,200 per month.

Figures show that Dublin is the worst affected area with average rents now standing at €1,774, an increase of over 12 per cent on last year.

Further increases where seen in Cork (five per cent), Galway (nine per cent) and Limerick (10.9 per cent).

Author of the report, Ronan Lyons says the report clearly shows that the rent pressure zone system is not working.

“There isn't a single part of the country where rents are increasing less than 4% a year which is what the rent pressure zones are designed to do,” he said.

“It is not clear to me that the system of rent pressure zones is working, in fact it may be having the opposite effect.”

This thought was echoed by homelessness charity Focus Ireland who say that loopholes in the law allow landlords to raise the rent by more than the four per cent limit.

Mike Allen of Focus Ireland said: "The minister has to change that legislation, he has to get rid of that loophole and he has to make sure that families and other people in rented accommodation can rely on the tenancy treatment they have and not see it torn up at a moments notice."

The new rent figures come as the ESRI predict that house prices could rise by up to 20 per cent by 2020 if the rate of supply does not increase.

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Dublin's rent crisis continues as new figures show prices are now almost 20 per cent higher than their Celtic Tiger peak.

According to the latest report from property website Daft.ie, rents nationwide are up by close to 12 per cent in the second quarter of this year. 

The national average now stands at a record high of €1,159 per month, while the average price for a property in Dublin is €1,700.

Renters in the capital now pay €260 more per month than in 2008.

Speaking about the shortage of suitable rental accommodation, Ronan Lyons from Daft said: "At one point, it had never gone below 5,000 – we broke through that, unfortunately, about a year ago," he said.

"It's been steadily decreasing really over the last five years and it's now gone below 3,000 for the first time, so it gives an idea – particularly with more renters now than ever before, there are actually fewer properties available on the market – of just how tough the market is."

Housing and homeless charities say rising rental prices are one of the main factors forcing families into homelessness.

Roughan McNamara from Focus Ireland wants the government to tackle the issue of vacant properties.

"What we're hoping the Government will do is have serious incentives for landlords to rent out properties to get more rental properties available, but also penalties for those who do not rent out their properties and we're hoping that the Vacant Home Strategy, and indeed Rebuilding Ireland, will take urgent action on this issue."

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The Irish rental crisis is ongoing, and criminals are taking advantage of the crisis to make some quick cash from desperate, hopeful renters.

Gardaí are advising people to be wary of rental scams, particularly at this time of year when students are returning to college.

Scams occur throughout the year, but there is a significant spike at this time of year as first time renters seek university accommodation.

The scams identified by Gardaí fall into three categories. In the first, the scammer claims to be out of the country and can’t show you the property, but still requests a deposit. 

The second is when the scammer is living at the property and shows a number of people around, gets a deposit from several people and disappears with the money.

The third involves everything looking fine and dandy, until the renter finds that the keys don’t work and the landlord has disappeared.

According to Gardaí, there are a number of steps renters can take to avoid being burnt by these scams. 

1. Ideally only do business with established bon-fide rental agencies.

2. Always meet a prospective landlord in the accommodation to be rented.

3. Ask for identification, a driver’s licence or Photo identification of landlord or letting agent. etc. (Take a photo of the document on your phone)

4. Pay the deposit to the Landlord and not the persons leaving the property/ courier other person.

5. Use cheques or bank drafts to pay the deposit and keep copies of receipts of payments and any correspondence.

6. Ensure keys fit, open door lock and sign rental contract, prior to payment of deposit.

According to Gardaí, people need to establish that the house exists and that is available for rent and the identity of landlord.

It's also important that the renter establishes that the agent, where applicable, is reputable, and that the person renting the property is authorised to rent the property.

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There are more than a few ways to spruce up a small living space without spending an absolute fortune.

With homeware trends constantly changing, there are a few cheap, temporary home decor methods to ensure your home looks beautiful whatever the season.

Here are a few tips on adding character to a room without breaking the bank.

Fierce frames

Pictures make such a difference to your home – giving each space bags of personality and a homely feel.

You can get a set of cheap picture frames from Dealz, Penneys or your local charity shop, and add in your own personal photos for a touch of nostalgia. 

Window-lust

We all long for floor-to-ceiling windows flooding our little apartments with light, but unfortunately that's not always the case. 

Provide yourself with your own preferred view with a large-scale canvas picture of some gorge scenery. It will brighten up your home while providing a gorgeous view. 

Plant life

Plants make any home look a little more lively, plus they look amazing in the background of Instagram photos. 

Try some low maintenance cacti on your windowsill or go all out with a potted corner plant. 

Just don't forget to water them!

Upgrade with trim

Adding a trim will liven up otherwise ordinary upholstery around your home, especially if you're in a rental where permanent interior edits are frowned upon. 

Go for pom poms on lampshades or even add velvet ribbons to your decorative mason jars. 

You can also try creating your own coasters from fabric if you're feeling crafty. 

Pull it together

Pull your room together with affordable accessories you pick up along the way, as there is no need to buy new things if you already have home accessories to work with. 

Charity shops and car boot sales are great places for bargains, or add bits and bobs from your travels. 

Got a burned out candle? Re-purpose the jar as a jewellry holder or vase. 

Jazz up a shower curtain

Ever stepped into the shower of your rental accommodation and wondered 'what the hell is that on the shower curtain?'

Rather than living in fear that your shower curtain is slowing moulding away, pick up a cheap and cheerful printed curtain to add new life to a tired bathroom .

Spruce up your artwork

Spruce up a humble piece of art with oversize matting and framing.

Consider investing in original artwork by local up-and-comers and find out when art colleges are having student showings of original works at affordable prices.

Look around

Take the time to see what's out there. Refinish pieces you find in second hand shops, adding your own creative ideas to them.

If you're handy with the power tools, acquire a piece of marble, glass or granite, cut it down to size and put it on top of a dresser or end table. 

The piece you buy will become an original all over again.

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Housing charity Threshold has warned that bedsits will not help the Irish rental and housing crisis. 

The warning comes after a series of ideas were put forward to solve the crisis. 

According to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, bedsits are just a consideration.

'I think it’s important that, when I approach this review, I don’t take anything off the table too soon until I’ve looked at it properly to see if it could be part of the solution,' he told The Irish Examiner. 

'Again, this is about supply.'

'So if we can find new sources of accommodation for people that suit their needs, that are up to the required standards, the minimum standards, and are robust, if that will work for people as a supply-side measure then yes I’m going to consider it.'

The other considerations include scrapping the help-to-buy scheme, increasing the mortgage to rent scheme, building new peoperties, introducing a vacant property tax and forcing local authorities to use idle land banks. 

'It is worrying that almost a decade after the introduction of legislation to eliminate the bedsit, we are now hearing calls for their re-introduction as a response to the current accommodation shortage,' Threshold Chief Executive, John-Mark McCafferty told News Talk.

'Last year saw the publication of Rebuilding Ireland: An Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness.'

'Are we now, as a society, so bereft of ideas that the best response we can come up with is to bring back the bedsit?'

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