As offers of third level education places are made to students this week, the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) is advising students – and particularly those who will be looking to rent student accommodation for the first time – to check their rights and responsibilities when it comes to renting and avoid paying excessive rents by informing themselves of actual rents across the country.
The PRTB Rent Index, which is available on www.prtb.ie, provides students with important benchmark information and is an authoritative guide as to the actual rents being charged by landlords adjacent to all Universities, ITs and other Third Level colleges.
Compiled by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), and based on the PRTB’s own register of over 300,000 tenancies across the State, the Rent Index reveals the actual rents being paid for rented properties, as distinct from the asking rent which features in other rent reports published by other parties.
The index covers 446 locations across the country and five different property types. This can help students and their parents to make informed decisions about the accommodation options open to them, both adjacent to college and along transport routes, and to negotiate the best possible deal on rent.
“Going to college is an important and exciting experience, but some students who are renting, particularly those leaving home for the first time, may need some support and guidance as they leave home and rent for the first time,” said PRTB Director, Anne Marie Caulfield.
“PRTB has found that many first time students are unsure of their rights, or who to contact if they find themselves in difficulty. One of the biggest challenges this year is the cost of renting and scarcity of accommodation. The danger is that students, in a desire to find accommodation, sign up to longer leases than they need or informing themselves of market rent in the area or of their rights,” she explained.
The PRTB Rent Index reveals the different rent levels across the country for different accommodation – in the first three months of 2015, the average rent for a two-bed apartment in Galway City was €809.25, compared to €588.91 in Limerick, €867.20 in Cork, and €1,334.58 in Clonskeagh in Dublin, beside UCD.
Ms Caulfield also advised students to think carefully and consider all that is involved in renting a property and, perhaps, moving in with new flatmates.
“Remember that you may find yourself jointly and severely liable for your flatmates rent arrears or bills. We have also published information on protecting deposits and how to ensure it is refunded at the end of the academic year, as well as a list of what students are legally entitled to in terms of the standard of rented accommodation, and their responsibilities as tenants.
“We would remind students to make sure they get the landlord’s name, address and phone number in case of emergencies – you’re entitled to that. And don’t sign up to a 12 month lease if you will only be staying for a nine month academic year,” she added.
The PRTB would encourage students to search the PRTB website to see if their potential landlord has had previous dispute cases.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Spacious bungalow on 39 acres could be ideal buy for farmers
Pat Burke Property is handling the sale of a spacious three-bed bungalow at Cloughanover, Headford, which comes with 39 acres of land and outbuildings.
Situated just two minutes from Headford town and 20 minutes from the city, this is an ideal investment opportunity for someone to purchase their first home or farm of land, according to the selling agents.
The property will go to auction on Friday, March 3 at the Anglers Rest Hotel at 3pm. This will be a first for the locality, as the auction will be live streamed on the LSLauctions.com platform to allow bidding and viewing of the auction from near and far.
Lot 1 on the day will be the three-bed bungalow with kitchen, dining room, sitting room and bathroom. There is a large garage adjoining the house with a toilet, shower facility and utility room which could easily be transformed into a self-contained flat.
The property was built in the 1960s and though it needs modernisation, it has always been kept in good repair. There is oil fired central heating with radiators throughout and a solid fuel stove in the kitchen.
The rooms are spacious which would be a bonus for anyone looking to renovate. The house sits on a half-acre of land with a garden to the front and a rear garden with mature trees.
Lot 2, circa nine acres of top-quality land with a three-bay slatted shed and silage slab in good repair also a three-bay hay shed with lean two and a three-bay multi-purpose shed.
Lot 3, circa 8.2 acres of agricultural land renowned for its fattening qualities for livestock, this is adjacent to lot 2. Lot 3 on the day is a small plot of ground adjacent to Cloughanover NS. All these lots will be offered for sale individually first and then as a combined lot consisting of 17.5 acres of land with outbuildings.
Lot 6, circa 21.5 acres of excellent quality agricultural land and would be a major asset to adjoining farmers or to someone looking to purchase prime quality land.
The auction is expected to create a lot of interest due to its outstanding location and with all the amenities of the town and Cloughanover NS just 300 metres away; two minutes from Headford schools and the mart renowned for its quality stock, where buyers come from all over the country.
“All in all this will be an excellent purchase with its prime location and quality land,” said Pat Burke.
For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact Pat Burke on 087 8137150.
Local development company set to launch houses with clever use of space
An Cúlán is local developer Jardonelle Ltd’s latest offering to the new homes market in Loughrea following their very well received An Gairdín Cúil development in Cosmona, which sold out earlier this year.
An Cúlán is an exclusive development of seven four-bedroom family homes located in the Baunoge neighbourhood of Loughrea, within walking distance of all main primary and secondary schools in the town as well as all other amenities that Loughrea has to offer, not least of all its stunning lake.
At 133 square metres, these new homes are generously proportioned and pack a punch in terms of clever design and use of space, even offering a home office space for contemporary living.
All homes in An Cúlán come with an A-grade energy rating as standard and qualify for the government’s Help-to-Buy and First Home schemes making them an exciting proposition for first time homeowners.
With the show home launching in early 2023, the team at Jardonelle, which celebrated 30 years in business this year, is taking enquiries at email@example.com where all relevant information can be provided and viewing appointments can be arranged.
Luxury detached home within small city enclave
Positioned within a small enclave of homes on Circular Road in Galway, No.7 Hy-Brasail Court is a spacious detached property presented in quality condition offering ample reception and living space throughout with approximately 186.4 sq.m.
Constructed in the early 1990s, the property has been well maintained over the years by the current owners is evident upon entry.
The ground floor accommodation avails of plentiful reception space arranged between two separate living rooms, dining room, a beautiful conservatory with garden access, fully fitted kitchen, separate utility and guest bathroom.
Upstairs offers four large bedrooms, one of which avails of its own en suite, and a main family bathroom.
A distinct feature s the outside space which is equally as impressive having been well manicured by the owners.
Hy-Brasail Court is a beautiful residential development comprising of a small number of detached homes and a central communal green space offering a family friendly atmosphere.
The asking price is €740,000. For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact O’Donnellan & Joyce Auctioneers on 091 564212.