The Ryan Review
Published 29/08/2014 | 02:30
One minute you're sending them off to Junior Infants and the next you're apartment hunting for college. The stresses (and expense) of education funding is never-ending and I began my own search with one independent daughter in tow, armed with strong warnings about reluctant landlords wary of alcohol-ravaged parties and mattress-strewn living rooms when their nice two-bed with galley kitchen begins to resemble a warzone in the Gaza strip before long.
Not HER, obviously, but well, she shouldn't be too surprised if the average flat owner turns up their nose at the notions of a 19-year-old tenant wanting to turn a trendy city base into a student flop house.
Curiously my warnings were unnecessary. We met a number of perfectly decent landlords/agents quite willing to consider teenagers wanting to play house, but drawing the line at those grown-ups in receipt of rent allowance. Most ads stated it baldly at the outset to avoid even meeting someone with the temerity to be living on a State hand-out.
I've covered this topic many times to thundering apathy, but how can it be legal, ethical or moral to be allowed state in a viewing ad "Rent Allowance recipients need not apply". It wasn't right in the 1950s when it was 'Irish' or 'blacks' and it's not fair now.