Wednesday 28 June 2017

'Landlords can't just charge whatever they like anymore' - says student on rent caps

Student Rosee Byrne. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Student Rosee Byrne. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Chai Brady

Student Rosee Byrne is struggling financially and believes any move to try and slow spiralling rents is a positive one.

The 21-year-old, from Whitehall, north Dublin, told the Irish Independent that the plan launched by Housing Minister Simon Coveney will reassure people in a similar position to herself.

Ms Byrne is a final-year student in DCU, studying Media and German.

She intends to stay in her accommodation next year.

She hopes the initiatives introduced will prevent her rent from increasing substantially.

"I was afraid that it would go up more than it already has. I'm already struggling," she said.

"But now hopefully I won't have to worry about it. The rent went up for the previous year's tenants, I'm hoping to stay here next year and I'm hoping it won't go up again."

Ms Byrne thinks the new housing plan will be of benefit to the majority of tenants renting accommodation, "especially students".

Finding affordable accommodation in city centres is extremely challenging and can become fiercely competitive. As a result, Ms Byrne says, "it's pretty easy to get money off people".

"Everyone is looking for a house. If it comes to it, someone is going to pay that money no matter what it is." She hopes this move will level the playing field and prevent tenants from being ripped off.

Ms Byrne added that Mr Coveney's housing plan also gave her a sense of security. She believes that landlords will no longer have a "hold over" tenants. "They can't just charge whatever they like anymore, even though they know someone will pay it," she said.

"They won't have that hold over people. I feel more secure for my future."

Irish Independent

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