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Student accommodation at Montrose Hotel

Student accommodation at Montrose Hotel

Student accommodation at Montrose Hotel

MORE than one-third of students due to take up residence at the newly-built accommodation at the old Montrose Hotel are being forced to wait.

Property management company Ziggurat Student Living planned to have all of the new rooms ready by mid-September.

But construction delays have meant the deadline for entering the new digs has been extended by two weeks for 58 UCD students.

The €22.5m project was aimed at creating 166 student rooms at the old hotel site.

compensation

But a spokesperson for the company confirmed that 58 single rooms on the second and third floors of the structure will not be ready on time.

The 29 rooms on the second floor, which were due to be completed by September 1, will now not be completed until September 13.

Meanwhile, 29 rooms on the third floor which were due to be completed by September 12 will now not be ready until September 27.

"There were unforeseen delays that had a knock-on effect, like the weather," a spokesperson for Ziggurat told the Herald.

However, she added that all of the students hit by the delay have been informed and provided with alternative accommodation.

They have also each been given €200 by way of compensation and will have a month's rent refunded to them.

"We're trying to be as helpful as we can," the spokeswoman added.

She said other students, who will be able to take up residence on September 1 as planned, will also receive a refund owing to the disruption. Rooms at the student accommodation cost €764 a month to rent.

Meanwhile, a new report has found that rising rents and lack of properties was a big source of alarm for students.

The quarterly report, from Daft.ie, said there were almost 40pc fewer properties available to rent compared with this time last year.

Nationally, rents have risen by more than 10pc in the space of 12 months, with the national average rent now €915 compared with €825 a year ago.

Dublin has seen the highest price hike - 17.2pc - in that period, with the average in the capital now €1,345.

There are now 6,800 properties available to rent across the country, down from 11,000 in August 2013.

Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne, president of Trinity College Dublin Students' Union, said this was a "source of alarm" for prospective tenants.

toughest

He suggested that non-EU students might well choose to pursue their studies elsewhere because of the trend.

Ronan Lyons, author of the report, said that for students looking for accommodation the 2014/2015 academic year was likely to prove one of the toughest for over a decade.

"The imbalance between supply and demand is particularly acute in Dublin, where rents are closer to their 2007 peak than their lowest point in 2010," he said.

"In a market like this, it is important that prospective tenants do their research ahead of making any decisions."

lbyrne@herald.ie


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