Galway’s rent inflation matching Dublin

Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Landlords in Galway are at the centre of a raging housing crisis, which has seen the city's housing market thrown into disarray.

In the last fortnight, a final year midwifery student in GMIT claimed she had a deposit of €2,400 accepted by a landlord, only to find the locks had been changed, and all her possessions had been locked inside the rented house. Another student said he had received an application form which requested his criminal history (if any), his PPS number, his bank and credit history, and asked for the reason why he wanted to rent the house at the given address.

National housing charity Threshold says landlords are allowed request "some" of this information, but only if they are offering full-term accommodation. However, the charity also admitted that failing to supply these details often leads to students not being considered for the property. This puts students in a Catch 22 situation, especially when there is a limited supply of houses, and an overwhelming number of students vying for the same room.


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