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The Galway races: Looking for somewhere to stay?

The Galway races: Looking for somewhere to stay?

The Galway races: Looking for somewhere to stay?It’s that time of year again when horse enthusiasts flock in their thousands to Ballybrit racecourse for an auld flutter on the horses. The Galway Races is one, if not ‘the’ top race meetings of the year and attracts some 200,000 race-goers! If you haven’t planned ahead or if you have taken a spontaneous last minute decision to up sticks and head for Galway for the week, accommodation will no doubt be sparse if not, non-existent.

BUT while hotels and B&Bs will no doubt be choc o’ block throughout the week we’ve found a handful of holiday homes only a stones throw from all the action at Ballybrit; here is our top 3:

Dublin City Council Rent to Buy Scheme

Dublin City Council Rent to Buy Scheme

Dublin City Council Rent to Buy SchemeDublin City Council is the first in the country to launch a rent-to-buy scheme in of 91 apartments in Rialto, Glasnevin and Finglas; if the pilot scheme proves successful it could be rolled out by all local authorities across the country next year.

Since the slow down in the Irish Boom Tiger, Local Authority affordable housing did not manage to escape the drop in property prices and many councils are now left with a plethora of empty properties on their books. Fine Gael housing spokesman Terence Flanagan said…

Affordable housing transferred for use as social housing

Affordable housing transferred for use as social housing

Affordable housing transferred for use as social housing Local Authorities have transferred more than 1,500 affordable housing units for use as social housing in an attempt to address the excess of unsold properties following the downturn in the housing market. With the current climate the demand for affordable housing, a scheme that was designed to provide homes at a discount to the market price for people who could not afford to buy a home on the open market, has more or less collapsed.

Rent Supplement to be reduced

Rent Supplement to be reduced

Rent Supplement to be reducedAlthough the cost of living still remains high in Ireland it has been announced that the Rent Supplement is being reduced with maximum rent supplements limits being cut by up to 36% for tenants who are entering into new leases or renewing leases.

Minister for Social Protection Eamon Ó Cuiv said that the new reductions have been put in place to reflect the fall in current rental values and also to ensure that landlords are not charging artificially high rents. He also said that the new rates related to the next eighteen months and that they would be reviewed if rents increase during that period.

The new rates are now as follows:

Rental Scams: Beware of The Phantom Landlord

Rental Scams: Beware of The Phantom Landlord

If you are in the market to rent beware of the so-called Phantom Landlord. Rental scams are still alive and well and all would-be tenants are still being advised to take precautions before handing over money for any rental property.

Be advised that MyHome.ie will never ask you for money. We only advertise properties on behalf of agents and landlords so your agreement is them. No payment will ever be made to us and any agreement entered into is done so at your own risk.

The phantom landlord can come in many guises but two are most prominent i.e. the meet and greet deposit scam and the email / online deposit scam.

First off, the meet & greet deposit scam
Potential tenants view a rental property and are requested to pay a deposit and at least one (if not two) month’s rent in advance to confirm they will be renting the property. When you turn up to move in you find the keys don’t work and you cannot access the property. The person who showed you the apartment is nowhere to be found and not contactable. You, the ‘potential’ tenant will find yourself joining a long line of other potential tenants, who have also handed over the money to the same phantom landlord.

Is it cheaper to buy than to rent?

Is it cheaper to buy than to rent?

Is it cheaper to buy than to rent?Recent reports reveal that the rental market is showing, albeit small, signs of stability. To the delight of some landlords, good quality rental property is in demand and rent rates have slightly but steadily increased since December 2009.

With this recent news, the worthy discussion on whether to buy or to rent has raised its head once again.In terms of asking prices, property is now a lot cheaper than during the Celtic Tiger reign and house prices are a lot more attractive now than three years ago. Commenting on the latest rental reports, PIBA, the country’s largest group of independent stock brokers said…

Irish rental market following in hot pursuit of UK market

Irish rental market following in hot pursuit of UK market

Irish Rental MarketFollowing recent reports that the rental market in the UK is starting to pick up it seems the bug has sailed across the waters to Irish shores. According to the Lettings wing of Sherry FitzGerald there are signs (albeit small) of stability emerging in the Lettings Market.

However the signs of stability are more concentrated in sought after locations in the Dublin city centre market and are not the talk of the entire country. This new found good news in Dublin’s city centre they say is due to a “combination of a tightening of supply and resilient demand resulting in more stabilised rents”. Not only that but because of the high level of quality apartments available in the city centre along with public transport facilities and a wide range of amenities, the rental market in the city is more attractive and highly sought after by potential tenants. Poorer located properties…

UK: Rise in demand for rental properties

UK: Rise in demand for rental properties

UK: Rise in demand for rental propertiesAccording to the latest residential lettings survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the UK residential landlords there are likely to see the rental market pick up in the coming months.

The survey revealed that because of a fall in the supply of new properties coming onto the marketing for the second quarter in a row and a sizeable decline in supply of both apartments and houses to rent in the marketplace there is now an increased demand for rental property.

Because of these factors a rise in rent rates now seems inevitable, as supply cannot meet

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