Tuesday 16 January 2018

Would you pay €700 a month to live in a log cabin in Coveney's constituency?

The online advert for log cabins for rent at €700 per month
The online advert for log cabins for rent at €700 per month
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

An advertisement for €700-a-month log cabins has been removed after a backlash.

The "brand new" one-bed log cabins are close to the town of Carrigaline, Co Cork, in the constituency of former housing minister Simon Coveney.

According to an online advertisement, they come with "all the mod cons of double-glazed windows" and "polished pine flooring".

They were listed last Wednesday at a price of €700 a month, with a minimum term of one year.

However, the listings were removed from property websites just 24 hours later, after the owners and letting agent were criticised online and on a Cork radio station.

A source said the cabins are no longer available to rent, and no decision has been made as to whether they will be re-advertised.

The one-bed log cabins were described in the advertisement as being a seven-minute walk from the town of Carrigaline.

The advertisement continued: "This little gem of property comes with sitting room/dining room combined together, a small kitchen, big enough to do your cooking."

The cabins also come with a four-ring bottle gas cooker, washing machine and under counter fridge. The bathroom has a toilet and electric shower.

One young couple said they were left fuming when they saw the listing for the properties.

Sarah Egar explained that she and her partner live in Carrigaline and are currently looking for a place to rent.

"This 'hut' was an insult to people who are desperate to find a home.

"There are people who would consider viewing and signing a contract for rent because they have no choice," she said.

Ms Egar was not alone in her outrage and a number of people voiced their anger online and on the airwaves.

The advert for the properties was removed from the website just 24 hours later.

Ms Egar said she was delighted that the owners "saw sense".

The letting agent was contacted for comment, but he declined to do so, and also added that the owner did not wish to make a comment.

Irish Independent

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