Tuesday 21 November 2017

Inflatable mattress in a shared room advertised for €325 per month in Dublin

The three-person shared room featuring a double bed and a blowup mattress. Photo: Orla McCarthy
The three-person shared room featuring a double bed and a blowup mattress. Photo: Orla McCarthy

Sasha Brady

An inflatable mattress in a shared room is being advertised for €325 per month in Dublin.

The two-bedroom apartment is located in a modern development in Bluebell, Dublin 8.

One of the rooms is advertised on Daft.ie and features an inflatable mattress for €325 per month and double bed at €425 per month.

The room was spotted by Kerry student Orla McCarthy (25), who is house hunting in Dublin with her friend Jessica Morris (23) from Meath.

"I contacted the advertiser because I was a bit confused about what was on offer," Orla told Independent.ie.

"I asked the landlord to send me a photo because I didn't really know what was meant by the different rent prices.

The three-person shared room featuring a double bed and a blowup mattress. Photo: Orla McCarthy
The three-person shared room featuring a double bed and a blowup mattress. Photo: Orla McCarthy

"He sent me photos of the room and I was really surprised."

Orla was advised by the landlord that the entire room could be taken for €750 per month.

While she felt the apartment was "lovely", she didn't feel she could justify paying that rent for the sleeping arrangements on offer.

"The apartment is really modern and clean. And the room is an en suite room. But I couldn't pay €325 to sleep on a blowup mattress and share a room with three other people."

The second-year NCAD student said she has struggled to find a place to live ahead of her new term commencing in two weeks' time.

She said that her options diminish as soon as she informs potential landlords that she's a student.

Orla has agreed to share a bedroom with her friend Jessica in order to cut down on costs and improve their chances of finding a home.

"We were initially looking for a two-bed place but it's got to the point where we're looking to share a double room. There just doesn't seem to be anything out there."

The listed landlord responded to the criticism by telling Independent.ie; "Only PRTB can control better than every department this situation.

"If you receive the complaints then try to make contact with the PRTB to get it reviewed, and for any amendment of the terms and conditions for private tenancy in the state."

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