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Another day, another totally ridiculous rental ad.

Taking full advantage of the housing crisis and people's desperation, you can now rent this beautiful mattress* for €350 a month.

Don't worry about a bed, you won't be having one of those.

Oh and cosy up – because you'll also be sharing this space.

You have the choice of two sleeping arrangements and the stained walls, lucky enough for you, are included in the price.

The advert reads that you'll need "350 euro in advance one month rent, plus 350 euro advance deposit, which is refundable in the future with minimum four weeks in advance notice period required by the either side to get returned of yours one month 350 euro advance deposit, if any party have any time any other plan in the future"  – is that confusing enough for you?

This bargain property will give you a month's electricity and Internet bills included in the 350 euro per month.

But hang on, it gets even better: if two people want to share the double bed, get ready to pay 500 euro per person…which includes those pesky bills.

You'll be living with two people who are in their 30s and enjoy cooking, cleaning (could have fooled me), cinema, movies and weekend nights out.

This is prime property in Clontarf and the kitchen comes with a "shakes machine" and an "electric cattle" – I'm sure there's a mistranslation here but come on.

And anyone who lists a hob and an oven as an amenity – seriously raises an eyebrow.

But I think in this case, their pictures of the house is case and point.

The government has a lot to answer for when people are subjected to rental conditions like this.

We can't judge the people who put up the ad though – since they are also subjected to the horrendous housing crisis we are all living in. 

EDIT: This listing has since been removed.

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If you're fed up of paying the rent this Christmas, we are going to depress you a little bit more.

The average rent according to Daft is now an eye-watering €1,968 a month.

Since rent prices have officially gone mad, we've decided to compile a list of some ridiculously expensive items you could buy for the same price.

These luxuries are so extra, even those with money to burn would think twice before splurging. 

Stretch viscose jacket Gucci €1,790

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Five nights in New York for Christmas €1,398

Mulberry Bayswater Medium Handbag €1,295.00

Canon EOS 6D Mark II €1,888.99

Crystal Double G necklace €1,890

Apple MacBook Air Intel Core i5 13" 8GB/256GB Laptop €1,629.99

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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VIP ticket to Coachella 2019 €1,205

Matilda 20 Foot Drop Keel Yacht €1,495

GDP-300 Digital Grand Piano with Stool €1,707.00

Lady's Raymond Weil Parsifal Gold Bracelet Watch €1,495.00

DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2.0 €1,999.99

Versace Icon Medium Quilted Bag €1,790.00

Buy Ralph the Llama (£1,000.00) €1,122.61

Rent a Private Island for five days  €1,740

P.S. if you end up spending your rent money on any of these items, we take no responsibility – we'll see you on the yacht, happy sailing.

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Many students will be on the hunt for accommodation ahead of the new college term, and the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA) are urging those seeking lettings to "exercise vigilance". 

The warning comes after the PSRA was made aware of a number of bogus letting agents and their attempts to extract financial payments from prospective tenants.

These bogus agents appear in the main to operate online and are purporting to use a PSRA licence number. All Letting Agents, Auctioneers, Estate Agents and Management Agents operating in the Republic of Ireland must hold a PSRA licence to provide a property service.

The individual licence is a credit card size licence which has the licensee name, photographic identification and a unique 12 digit PSRA licence number. When using a property service provider, it is advisable to ask the property service provider to show you their licence which they are obliged to have available for inspection. 

"The month of August is a time when students are starting or returning to college or university and a higher number of lettings take place," CEO of the PSRA Maeve Hogan said in a statement. 

"Students seeking to rent accommodation are strongly advised to exercise vigilance to ensure they do not fall foul of bogus letting agents and are not using an unlicensed operator."

The PSRA publishes a public register of Licensed Property Services Providers where you can check the validity of a licence. The register can be found on www.psr.ie and displays both the licensee name and licence number – it is important to check that both the name and number of the agent you are in contact with correspond with the details displayed on the register.

If you are in any doubt as to whether a letting agent is licensed, you can contact the PSRA on 046 9033800 or info@psr.ie. Unlicensed letting agents, auctioneers, estate agents and management agents are breaking the law and do not provide any consumer protection. Anyone aware of unlicensed operators is urged to contact the PSRA at info@psr.ie.

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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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Unless you've been living under a rock you'll know that the renter's market in Dublin is a complete shambles right now. Rents are going up and students and young professionals are being forced to shell out crazy amounts of money just to have a roof over their heads. 

Change is coming- although it may not seem like it from the window of that €800 a month box room- and that the head of that change is Anna O'Flynn, CEO of Generation Accommodation. 

Originally from Westmeath, Anna is all to familiar with the struggle of finding student and young professional accommodation. She began studying Engineering in UCD and changed to Economic and Maths after 18 months. It was then she first discovered Enactus. 

 “It was a Monday evening and I wanted to go home then go back out on a night out. A friend convinced me to go along to this Enactus meeting with her. To be honest, I hadn't a clue what it was about.”

Enactus are "a charitable organisation which develops future talent by enabling third level students to create, and implement, social entrepreneurial projects which positively impact our local and global communities."

But for Anna, Enactus means so much more than that. 

“It’s all about empowerment. In college there’s all these charities that might do events to raise money and awareness but that’s only one day or one hour a week. I know it’s kind of corny, but the best way to describe it is really, give a man a fish and you feed him for a day but give him a net and you feed him for life.

"We’re empowering people to rethink the way charities and social enterprises run. We’re encouraging people to make a real difference." 

During a training day, Anna's group, many of whom were from outside Dublin, realised that housing was one of the biggest issues faced by our generation. 

"We had masters students from the US and Germany who had come over a week before their course began and ended up living in hostels until they found something."

But housing wasn't the only issue they wanted to tackle. Elderly isolation is also at an all time high in Ireland- and it's a lot more dangerous than one might think. Loneliness increases mortality rate in the elderly by 26%, worse than both smoking and obesity. 

“We also had some people from Dublin on the team who had lovely neighbours. They would pass them on the street and would stop for the chats because that might be the only person they talk to all day.

"One of the girls had a grandmother near UCD who was living alone. Many of the elderly people are living alone as their families aren't around or are living abroad." 

So they thought- why not encourage students and young professionals to live with retired people with a spare room? So Generation Accommodation was born. 

“I thought we were mad, we were only a group of students- how could we possibly make this work?”

Finding potential renters wasn't an issue on UCD's teeming campus- but reaching homeowners proved to be more of a challenge. 

"We put up posters for events and coffee mornings but we didn't have much luck. It can be difficult to get people to trust you when you’re basically telling them to open their homes to a stranger.”

So Anna opted for a more personal approach. The GA team  presented at a post-mass coffee morning in Mount Merrion parish hall. Luckily for them, they had their first taker. 

“Once one person does it and their friends see them do it and see it’s a reputable source, it definitely makes a difference. They also see that we do everything to mitigate the risk associated with renting out. After that first hurdle there were far more homeowners willing to try us.”

The benefits of shared accommodation are palpable on both sides. For the renters, they can avail of extremely reasonable rent, as well as all the creature comforts of a home away from home. Anna also cites the "cultural difference" between the two generations as an advantage- to give the younger people "a different way of seeing things". Especially for foreign students, who can get the "real Irish experience" of being immersed in a local household. 

For the homeowners, the increased security of having someone that they can depend on in the house is extremely important. The homeowners self-select who they rent to, promoting a good relationship between the two. 

“Meeting the renters really humanizes them. There’s this stereotype that students are wild party animals and in the vast majority of cases it’s simply not true. Many of them may be fourth years or masters students who just really want to knuckle down and study.

“That’s why the coffee mornings are so important- they get to meet the person instead of the stereotype."

On a day to day basis, having someone checking in on the retiree can make a massive difference to their quality of life. 

“Even during the recent cold spell the renter were able to pop down to the shop for a few bits instead of the elderly person having to venture out in the snow and ice by themselves."

This year, GA merged with the social enterprise Inhoming and will be officially relaunching in the near future. 

The future is also looking bright for Anna, right now she's busy matching applicants to suitable homes, and has plans in the works to launch GA nationwide, with one eye on overseas expansion. 

Feeling like you might have the next big social enterprise idea? Anna's advice to is utilise any supports you can find. 

“There are so many support and programmes out there. Ireland has relatively small network as well so it’s easy to get to know different people and opportunities.

“Say yes to different opportunities, it’s amazing what doors will open.

"If I hadn't said yes to that first meeting I wouldn't be where I am today.”

See here to find out more about Enactus or Generation Accomodation 

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The significance of owning our own home is instilled in us from a very young age.

From films all about the roof over our heads (think of Up) to what our own parents tell us, we have come to consider purchasing property a watershed moment in adult life.

However, in our current economy, this supposed right of passage is becoming less and less of a reality for millennials (who are aged 20 to 35).

A recent report from think tank the Resolution Foundation found that if homeownership rates continue to decline in the same way they have since 2000, a third of millennials will still be renting when they retire.

And while this notion is alarming, it's actually commonplace to rent for a lifetime in places like Germany and Switzerland.

The UK's homeownership rates currently stand at 63 percent, but Germany and Switzerland's rates fall far below that, in part because tenants have stronger rights in these countries.

Tenants can be evicted with only two months' notice, making the notion of long-term renting feel like an unreliable plan at times. 

Tenancies only last an average of 2.5 years, while in Germany the average tenancy stretches to 11 years.

The insecurity associated with private renting is of special concern as millennials begin to have children and raise families of their own.

In fact, the number of families with children renting privately has soared over the past fifteen years, from 600,000 to 1.8 million.

“While there have been some steps recently to support housebuilding and first-time buyers, up to a third of millennials still face the prospect of renting from cradle to grave,” Resolution's Lindsay Judge told the Independent.

'We have to improve conditions for the millions of families living in private rented accommodation.

"That means raising standards and reducing the risks associating with renting through tenancy reform and light-touch rent stabilisation.”

With this in mind, the Resolution Foundation put forth the idea that 'indeterminate tenancy', which is used more often on the Continent, should be the only form of rental contract.

They also advocate for the introduction of an inflation cap on three-year rent increases.

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Do any of us have a clue what we're doing?!

Scarlett Moffatt has admitted that she certainly doesn't, and it's safe to say we're all breathing a sigh of relief.

The former Gogglebox star's career is going from strength to strength after winning I'm A Celeb… and scoring a regular spot on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Take Away.

But even still, Scarlett told Reveal Magazine that she, like many of us, is struggling with her living situation.

“I haven’t bought a place yet. I’m still renting, I’m just trying to work out what I want to do with my life."

The 26-year-old also admitted that she's getting by with the help of her friends, and Ant and Dec.

“The advice they kept giving us is to just be me. That gives me so much confidence in who I am.

“They’ve also been helping with autocue and talk back. I just feel very privileged," she added.

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Earlier today, in Shemazing! HQ, we were chatting about the €88m Euromillions winner, which spurred on a conversation about what we would do with the money.

We got totally carried away and decided we'd all buy an island, which led us to this website… and OMFG, we die.

All around Ireland and across the world, there are beautiful, scenic, colourful and tranquil islands that you could buy for less moolah than a house.

Have a look through this list we drew up – they're like little pieces of paradise:

5. Venice Island – Italy

Venice Island - Italy, Europe

This island is situated on the lagoon of Venice. There are four buildings on the land as well as one villa, so we can only imagine bringing all of our friends and family over for a visit (i.e. a three-day island party). 

Most of the buildings need a bit of a revamp, but sure, if you live on an island, you might as well spend your time sprucing the place up. 

4. Plitvice Island – Croatia

Plitvice Island - Croatia, Europe

If you like to get up close and personal with wildlife, then this is the island to buy. It's an abundant, well-preserved natural environment, inhabited by brown bears, wolves, eagles and wild cats. 

It's the only island in Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is famous for its colourful waters, which range from vivid royal blues to dark forest greens. 

3. Bushy Island – Ireland

Bushy Island - Ireland, Europe

Coming over to Ireland, Bushy Island (lol at the name), is on the lower end of the price scale. Going for just over €200,000, it has no buildings, but obviously there's room to improve.

Located in Lough Derg, Mountshannon in Co. Clare, it has pretty impressive views and has an abundance of flora, fauna and wildlife. Not too shabby.

2. Mouchão de Alhandra Island – Portugal

Mouchão de Alhandra Island - Portugal, Europe

This is the dearest island of the lot, coming in at €25m (ouch), but just LOOK at it. The Portuguese island has a manor house, an employee house, agricultural support installations and cattle facilities. 

There's also an airplane facility, so you know, if you want to casually fly over to your own island, the option is there.

1. Mermaid Isle – Ireland

Mermaid Isle - Ireland, Europe

Our number one spot has to go to Mermaid Island, just off Kenmare Bay. At €3m, you not only get the island but a HUGE house, a cottage, two pools and a crystal-clear protected ocean that you can swim and go scuba-diving in.

This would be the first thing we'd buy if we won any large some of money. 

One day…

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The struggle is real.

With house prices going up, bills coming through the door everyday and an abundance of sh*tty rooms going for colossal amounts of money, renting is no easy feat.

However, this couple living in New York managed to get away with not paying rent for SIX years. Yep, six whole freaking years.

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The New York Post reports that Zachary Bennett and Karen Nourse have refused to pay rent on their swanky apartment since 2010, and they might actually get away with it.

The parents-of-two were struggling to keep up with their $4,754-a-month (€4,500-a-month) rent, so they decided to just not pay it.

You're probably wondering how they weren't kicked out, but there's actually a regulation in New York called 'Loft Law' which can protect NYC-based residents who are living illegally in commercial or factory buildings.

How one couple managed to live rent free in an amazing New York attic apartment for SIX YEARS

And the place where Zachary and Karen live is full of businesses, from galleries to industrial equipment shops. In fact, they are the only people who actually live in the building.

So, when they were clued in about the 'Loft Law' in 2010, that was it, they didn't pay another cent. And didn't even get called out on it.

But now, the owners of the building are trying to reclaim the $410,000 that Karen and Zachary owe them in missed payments.

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According to Cosmo, the couple's lawyer is confident they won't have to pay up, saying: "The owner is not entitled to collect rent and my clients are not required to pay it."

Anyone fancy moving to New York now…?

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Most of us have had our fair share of dodgy landlords, but wait until you read about this one.

People living in a house in Cabra, Dublin, have made public a list of rules that they must live by when in the house, and it's truly… ridiculous.

Rules, which come from a woman named Miss Firmo, include showering every single day, and having to pay a fine if you miss a day of cleaning. We honestly don't know how these poor tenants put up with it.

The list of twelve pages was published on Independent.ie, after a man, who wants to remain anonymous, wrote into the Irish Independent newspaper to complain about his living situation.

Each tenant has to pay €300 per month for a shared bedroom (four people in a room), and these are just SOME of the 108 rules:

  • Ignore the house bell, do not stay in view when someone is at the door
  • Do not knock on Miss Firmo's bedroom door, instead call on the phone
  • If any reason cleaning is not done, the person will be fined €20 for task not done
  • Observe the floor, breadcrumbs need to be mopped up
  • After cleaning, put your clothes that you cleaned in in a plastic bag and put in the shed for washing
  • It is not allowed to use butter or oil in the wok
  • You are allowed to get visitors, but need to be given the full name and phone number of the person to Miss Firmo
  • All visitors will be included in bills
  • You are allowed to get a visit from your girlfriend/boyfriend if it is a relationship longer than a month. They also need to be introduced to Miss Firmo one month prior to visit
  • Smile you are on TV! Be advised there are hiding cameras in the common areas
  • Avoid speaking any other language than English
  • Do not turn central heating on after 6pm in any season of the year
  • You are forbidden to give anyone the Internet password
  • It is not allowed to spill water or any liquid anywhere in the house
  • Be very careful with food crumbs, it will kill the cat

Yep, and we're not even joking about the last one. That's rule number 108.

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Looking for a place in Dublin is a nightmare right now.

Whether you're competing with over-eager house-hunters who will stop at nothing to get their feet under the table or grappling with the astronomical cost of rent these days, finding somewhere to call your own is a minefield.

But fear not! If you're currently hoping to relocate and would like to set up shop in a place most people reserve for rusty bikes and toolboxes, you can!

And it will only set you back €890 a month… plus bills.

Located in Drimnagh, this one-bed shed is advertised as a studio flat and while it has a separate entrance from the main house, it only offers minimal cooking facilities (except for a hob and microwave) and the washing machine can be found in a separate shed.

Currently advertised on Daft, this 'studio flat' is described as a 'compact dwelling… just minutes walk from the Red line Luas."

Form an orderly queue now, ladies.
 

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Ah, house-hunting. Things always start off so well with dreams of bay windows, heaps of natural light and giant cloud-like beds.

Then all of a sudden you find yourself handing over your entire month's wages as a deposit for a glorified prison cell that smells like old cheese. The joys!

If you're unlucky enough to be looking for a new rental at the moment, here are some of the stages you're no doubt going through…

1. False hope
I know the markets tough, but I'll probably get lucky, right? RIGHT?

2. Trying and failing to find ANY houses on Daft, let alone nice ones
But the world is full of houses? Why in God's name are none of them up for rent?

3. Re-evaluating your budget after about five minutes of searching for places
So… we're going to need to rob a bank. Now.

4. Going to some seriously dodgy house viewings…
"Oh, yeah, I love this kitchen-dining room-bathroom-bedroom combo. It's so cosy."

5. And yet still having to queue behind fifteen other hopefuls
Why, cruel world?

6. Frantically emailing landlords within ten seconds of a new listing going up on Daft
SOMEONE WILL ANSWER EVENTUALLY

7. Finally getting an offer in AND getting accepted
Your prayers have been answered! Who cares how much the deposit is? We just won't eat for a few months.

8. Hiding your depression at the fact that your new place is really very grim
Oh… it's fine. We'll just hang up some fairy lights and have loadsa candles. It'll be FINE. *runs away sobbing*

 

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