Tuesday 21 May 2019

Renters asked to pay €550 a month for 'flat' in office block with shared kitchen

Pictures of the property were uploaded to Daft
Pictures of the property were uploaded to Daft
Pictures of the property were uploaded to Daft
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Would-be renters were asked to consider living in an office block building with a shared kitchen for €550 a month.

A property was advertised for rent in what appeared to be an office block building in Dublin last week.

The ad, which was placed on Daft.ie, referred to eight bedrooms, with just five bathrooms and one shared kitchen, in Clondalkin.

The accommodation was spotted by local TD Eoin Ó Broin, who queried the legalities of such a set-up because it is not permitted to convert an office without required planning permission and fire safety certificates.

The rooms appeared to be in a converted office block, with the ad suggesting there was room for two individuals in each space.

Photos of inside the 'apartment' showed a narrow corridor with grey industrial carpet and doors leading into the rooms of the 'flat'.

Another photo showed three single beds squashed into one room in the property.

According to a search of South Dublin County Council planning permissions, the accommodation didn't have 'change of use' permission.

An  investigation will be held imminently into the property by the council.

It is a criminal offence since 2014 if a building has no building regulation compliance certificates.

Daft.ie confirmed to the Irish Independent the property has been removed from the site. A spokesperson for Daft.ie said: "We were made aware of this ad earlier and it has since been suspended as it is reviewed by our customer service team."

Irish Independent

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