An advertisement for €700 per month log cabins has been removed after a backlash online and on the airwaves.
The “brand new” one-bed log cabins are located close to the town of Carrigaline, Co Cork and, 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 per month with a minimum term of one year.
However Independent.ie has learned that the listing for the unique properties was 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 located seven minute walk from the town of Carrigaline.
They come with “all the mod cons of double glazed windows polished pine flooring”.
The advertisement continues: “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.
She told Independent.ie that she received a notification about the new property last week.
“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 result was almost immediate with the properties removed from the website just 24 hours later.
Ms Egar said she was delighted that the owners “saw sense”.
“I noticed that the property was featured on a local radio station social media page. I went to search for it again and it was taken down. More than likely for the bad attention it warranted as comments featured 'shame on you' to the property agent for getting involved.
“It should be a lesson learned,” she said.
Independent.ie contacted the letting agent but he declined to comment and added that the owner did not wish to make a comment.
Reports released last week confirm something which looks like a house price bubble. It is not, or not yet, a bubble driven by excessive growth in bank credit like the last time round. But nor is it a nationwide crisis in housing affordability.
A friend recently advertised a room to let in his Dublin house, seeking €500 per month. Among the responses received was an application from a hotel sector professional in his 30s. He had struggled to find a place of any sort over many months since his landlord gave him notice of selling up. In his application - his first point of contact - he unashamedly pleaded to be given a chance to rent the room. He stressed in particular that he was single and would promise not to get into a relationship in the foreseeable future. Therefore, no one would be visiting or staying over.