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Students urged to check rights and responsibilities

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Support and guidance is available for students who will leave home for the first time to attend third level education.

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.

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Well located three-bed with west-facing garden

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Bangla House at No 61 Drom Chaoin

Bangla House at No 61 Drom Chaoin off Bishop O’Donnell Road in Galway is a three-bed semi-detached home.

Enjoying a west-facing garden and ideally located close to all essential amenities, this 943 square foot property is owner occupied and has been well maintained.

The accommodation comprises an entrance hall with storage in the porch area, one downstairs bedroom, shower room, open plan living/dining room and kitchen.

On the first floor there are two additional bedrooms and the main bathroom with a large hot press on the landing.

This house is less than 2km from University Hospital Galway and NUIG, while Salthill is within easy striking distance. The Westside Shopping Centre and Gateway Shopping Park in Knocknacarra are all within 2km away.

The asking price is €245,000. The BER Rating is D2. For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact Sharon Egan at Sherry FitzGerald on 091 569123.

 

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Unique property by the seaside

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In need of extensive refurbishment, but plenty of potential: this property in Carna will go under the hammer in an online auction next month.

DNG Martin O’Connor are handling the sale of this traditional two-storey farmhouse in an enviable seaside location at Callowfinish, Carna.

The property – with horse stables on a large site of 2.35 acres – is conveniently located a few minutes’ walk from two of Ireland’s best sandy beaches ‘An Trá Mór’, known locally as Callowfinish beach and a coral beach known as ‘An Trá Bíi’. From Callowfinish beach, Finish Island is also accessible by foot with tidal times.

It extends to 1,486 square foot and is in need of renovation, but offers excellent potential and provides the prospective purchaser with the opportunity to create their dream home in the heart of Connemara.

It would also make a delightful holiday home in this picturesque area where all the family needs can be catered for, with its holding of land and stables one can even bring the pony on holidays.

The accommodation consist of an entrance hallway, living room, dining/living area, kitchen to the rear, bathroom/utility, ground floor bedroom with toilet, four bedrooms upstairs enjoying beautiful hill and distant seaside views.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Online specialists get annual auction season underway

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An Pon da Rosa, Rossmore, Woodford

Property auction specialists IAM Sold are now taking entries for their upcoming online auctions, which are scheduled for September 16 and October 21.

Previous years have shown that September to November are particularly strong months for selling residential and commercial property and the auction team are keen to speak to property owners who are considering bringing their property to the market.

Sales Manager for Connacht, Shane May, said: “We are continuing to see a strong appetite for all varieties of property throughout the province.

“The lack of supply of good family homes as well as commercial/investment properties is putting upward pressure on property prices in most locations and in particular the urban areas of the province.

“September tends to be a very busy time in property sales, with buyers settling back after the summer months and they want to find a suitable property.

“We find this is an excellent time of year for sales of family homes and investment properties. There is still time to enter properties into our September auction and we encourage properties owners to make contact with the us to arrange for an initial valuation,” said Mr May.

He said that selling with IAM Sold is an attractive option for an vendor as the company do not charge any upfront costs to enter a property into their auctions and take on board all marketing and entry fees.

Among the properties coming under the hammer are:

An Pon da Rosa, Rossmore, Woodford.Offered at bids over €295,000 in partnership with Keary Auctioneers.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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