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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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We love our dirty old town, from the cobble stones to the Molly Malone. – She's a beaut.

It's no surprise that our Dublin streets are busy with the hustle and bustle of tourists.

Our culture, art and humour are all a draw for those across the globe, to book a ticket, take a plane and discover the gems that lay in our land.

Our little capital city might be small in scale to others, but it's just as rich in spirit and heart.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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However, this heartbreaking video ignites the double standards that live in our city.

The problems we walk by everyday on our way to work or college.

The issues we protest or may be all too familiar with as we collect the dole, search for a place to live or scrap to get by.

The things the tourists miss as they stroll through the gates of Trinity or picnic in Stephen's Green. 

You might be pondering the issues the poem raises, as you listen to Pete St John describing our city.

You could be nodding along, agreeing to the things he's recalling, but the terrifying fact is, that poet and songwriter Pete St John, wrote this piece 30 years ago.

Debuting 'A Dublin Poem' on the Late Late Show on the eve of Dublin's Millennium in 1988, he was reflecting on Dublin's progress – but what has changed?

The things that plagued the city 30 years ago, seems to be very much alive and kicking in the present day.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The video opens with how much the tourism industry has generated last year, and ends with the poignant question of – how much is a life worth?

The filmmaker, Paul Butler Lennox wanted to raise awareness of the housing crisis and homelessness problem that continues to be a huge issue.

Our city and earning power has radically changed over the last 30 years, however, the same problems persist. 

According to Focus Ireland, in July 2018, 9,891 of people were homeless, included in this figure is 3,867 homeless children.

The question that remains is why?

 

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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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We are all well aware that the Dublin rental crisis has reached a critical point, with the cost of housing skyrocketing due to the lack of residential prospects in the capital. 

UCD's student union are using Snapchat to uncover how the rental crisis is impacting Irish students. 

'We're going to the worst places for rent in Dublin to expose how bad the situation is for students,' reads a statement on their Facebook page where the videos are being uploaded. 

'We want you to know what kinds of kips are out there and how landlords can try and pressure you into on-the-spot cash deposits.'

'Our goal is to pressure Govt for support for a joint project with Trinity & Daft.ie by bringing the horror stories to camera.'

Irish rent prices are at an all time high, according to a report from rental site Daft.ie.

The average price of rent nationwide now stands at €1131.00.

The average cost of renting a home has increased by €134.00 a month over the last year, according to The Irish Times. 

So far, the UCDSU have uncovered landlords demanding deposits and first months rent up front, cash in hand, a house where the kitchen utensils are kept in a bathroom cupboard, temporary camp beds, and a house in which three strangers are sharing a bedroom for €750.00 per month…each. 

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Rental prices have increased across Ireland, with prices now exceeding their previous peak during the Celtic Tiger.

The latest Residential Tenancies Board Rent Index shows that rents nationally rose by 7.37 per cent in the last year.

The Index shows that while rent prices are still rising, they are doing so at a slower pace than before.

Costs rose by 0.1 per cent last quarter, compared to 2.8 per cent the quarter before

The data also shows that rent prices in Dublin have decreased slightly.

Rents in the capital fell by 1.5 per cent, which is reported to be driven by the reducing costs of rental apartments.

The average standardised national rent price is now €987.00 per month, according to the Index. 

This is down from last month's data of an average prices of €1131.00, according to data collected by Daft.ie

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The majority of Irish people believe the Government is not doing enough to solve the housing crisis.

The new poll report from the Simon Community shows that 75 per cent of those asked think politicians are not doing enough to make rents more affordable.

Irish people also expressed their concerns about the increasing rate of homelessness over the past number of years, with seven in ten seeing it an a major issue. 

'Particularly at the private rented sector and homelessness, and what we found was that 75 per cent of people believe the Government is not doing enough to keep rent affordable,' spokesperson Niamh Randall told Beat. 

'70 per cent  believe the Government is doing enough to protect those who are renting and 72 per cent are really concerned about the rates of homelessness increasing due to rising rents and reducing supply.'

'So here we see public opinion is ahead of political opinion, demonstrating the real urgency on the ground.' 

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock (possibly because it’s all you can afford right now) you’ll know that Ireland is experiencing a serious rental crisis.

From garden sheds going for €890 a pop (excluding bills) to enduring mile-long queues for a simple viewing, finding a place to call your own in Ireland is getting increasingly difficult.

Highlighting the struggles endured by renters across the country right now, Daft have released their latest quarterly report today, and the findings are fairly disheartening.

According to the report, rents are now five per cent higher than they were at their peak in 2008 and have increased by a staggering 45 per cent since late 2011.

Marking the largest quarterly increase on record, Daft have confirmed that rent in both Dublin and the rest of the country has increased by 3.9 per cent between July and September.

And if you're wondering how your fellow countrymen are faring, wonder no more.

While the average nationwide rent stands at €1,077, Limerick is coming up trumps in the reasonable rent stakes at just €504.

In contrast, south county Dublin is the most expensive, with renters shelling out, on average, €1,801 while the city centre stands at €1,575 and North County Dublin comes in at €1,320.

Oh, and one more thing!

Daft have confirmed that the annual rate of rental inflation currently stands at 11.7 per cent – the highest recorded since they begin their report series 14 years ago.

Well, that’s just wonderful…

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