Thursday 8 December 2016

Tenants are victims yet again as landlords make a killing

Barbara McCarthy

Published 23/07/2014 | 02:30

Demand is sending rents for flats and houses in the capital through the roof.
Demand is sending rents for flats and houses in the capital through the roof.

Looking through property sites these days is distressing at best. It reminds me of my weeks spent flat hunting in London many years ago, where I'd go to view a 'modern studio with a mezzanine and open plan kitchen' only to despair when I was lead into a bedsit, where the sink doubled up as a shower and the bed was sandwiched between two chairs you'd normally see by the side of a road. That'll be €800 a month please.

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We're not too far off that in Dublin these days. For €800 you get a flat, where you can brush your teeth and fry an egg from your bed. It's beyond depressing.

The worst part is that when you live in these places you can't even go out because €800 has taken up a sizeable chunk of your monthly income.

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