Sunday 25 February 2018

'The state of places some landlords try to rent... they don't even bother to clean them'

Jay Davis, who works at Sol Art Gallery in Dublin city centre, is struggling to find a place to rent. Photo: Arthur Carron
Jay Davis, who works at Sol Art Gallery in Dublin city centre, is struggling to find a place to rent. Photo: Arthur Carron

Chai Brady

An art dealer based in Dublin said his daily commute to and from work could take up to three hours, as he struggled to find a place to rent close to the city centre.

Jay Davis (26), who works in Sol Art Gallery with his father, moved home to Ongar in May 2014 after the landlord of his previous accommodation in Artane decided to sell the property.

"Houses prices were around their highest point at that time, so I would say the landlord got a lot more than he would have got the previous year," he said.

Since then Jay hasn't been able to find suitable accommodation after his tenancy ended.

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This means that he is now 15km away from the city centre compared with 5km.

"On average, I spend about two-and-a-half hours on the bus travelling to and from work every day. On a bad day, I spend three hours travelling," he told the Irish Independent.

Recently Jay found the "perfect" accommodation in Dublin 7. He said it would have made a "massive difference" to be able to get home early. But he was disappointed after he discovered that the owner was planning to advertise it on Airbnb.

"It was €600 a month, which is a great price for a double bedroom in a house," Jay said. "The owner seemed quite nice, very friendly - there were a lot of ticks."

But when the landlord failed to contact him for a week, Jay feared the worst and was told of the plan to advertise it on Airbnb instead.

Since then, he has seen "horrible" accommodation around the city, but despite poor hygiene conditions and a lack of facilities, many people are still lining up to view properties.

"The state of the places some people are trying to rent - I viewed this place in Rathmines and they didn't even bother to sweep it or clean it up," he said.

"There was competition. There were about 10 other people that came along as well."

Jay has been looking sporadically for accommodation.

"I think prices have gone up steadily from what I can see," he said. He added that the introduction of caps to rent pressure zones was a positive initiative, but rents were still "sky high".

Irish Independent

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