Rent crisis: 'I pay €830 a month for an apartment that reeks of sewage'
Broken elevators, reeking sewage systems and a fire alarm that goes off at all hours - these are just some of the issues that have plagued the tenants living in one Dublin apartment complex.
Shane (not his real name) shared his story of living in a modern complex built in north Dublin.
The 29-year-old described how the lift has been out of order for several years. "This means that parents with buggies, elderly or disabled people, or just people with shopping, have to traverse up to four flights of stairs. These stairs are exposed to the outside, so are almost constantly wet and extremely slippery."
Shane said tenants had also been overwhelmed by the smell of raw sewage.
"The sewage system is having issues and absolutely stinks recently," he said.
He often sees local youths roaming around as the supposedly secure entrance is frequently left open.
He added: "I don't even feel comfortable with my girlfriend walking down to the car park alone; I would always accompany her down."
When he first moved in in 2010, Shane managed to negotiate a rent of €630 per month for his two-bedroom apartment, which was suddenly raised last summer by €200 as rents soared city-wide.
"I briefly looked around for somewhere else to live but as a person renting on their own in Dublin it's pretty much impossible to get anything that's reasonable unless you're living with strangers."