€230 a month for 'room' in city studio ... underneath the stairs
A SINGLE bed underneath a staircase in a small studio flat has been rented for €230 a month.
The space, part of a flat in Grosvenor Square, Rathmines, was advertised as a single bedroom.
But the advertisement, on property websites such as Daft.ie, said: "The flat is a studio so the place available is under the stairs."
Illustrating the rental advert was a picture of a single bed beneath a staircase, with the arm of a sofa also in the shot.
"It's a good place for a person who wants something cheap, near Lidl, Aldi, Tesco. Near the city centre (25min by foot)," the advertisement said.
The 'room', similar to the one that boy wizard Harry Potter was forced to occupy in his relatives' home, was available for three months and a prospective tenant could move in from Monday morning.
Two people already live in the flat, and couples were not accepted.
Despite the small size and seemingly uncomfortable living conditions, there was massive interest in the ad, which had been viewed more than 4,000 times yesterday.
When contacted, the advertiser at first said the space was available for viewing.
However, he later said it had been let.
Property economist Ronan Lyons said the advertisement was evidence of the squeezed rental market.
"It's definitely evidence that the conditions in the market are pretty tight," he said.
A statement from the Private Residential Tenancies Board said there were no regulations regarding the size of the room or the standard of the space that must be rented.
"However, one of the standards include that all habitable rooms must have adequate natural lighting and that all rooms have an adequate means of artificial lighting," it added.