Quite often the first time people live away from home is when they go to college. As such, students can sometimes be taken advantage of when it comes to renting a property.
Here MyHome.ie provides some helpful tips on how to ensure you get a good place to live:
- Be sure that your accommodation is convenient to your college, shops etc – it’s handy when you need to run to a 9am lecture!
- Make sure the living area is big enough for the amount of people living in the house.
- Check appliances, cookers, vacuums, showers etc to see that they work.
- Check with your Students’ Union for a list of student friendly accommodation in the local area – they’ll also be able to tell you how much you should be paying for accommodation.
- USI Rent books are available free from your Students’ Union – remember to keep a record of any money that is handed over and record all transactions.
- Check for damp and mould – a cold/damp house in August will be an expensive freezer in December!
- Ask for the energy rating of the house (BER cert) – the higher the number the cheaper the house will be to heat.
- Check locks on windows and doors.
- Do some research on whether you want to live in a house, digs or an apartment complex. There are pros and cons to each one.
- Ensure there’s an inventory of all utensils and equipment in the house kept by both you and the landlord.
- Take photos of all the rooms and the exterior when you move in, make sure they’re dated and e-mail them to the landlord. Keep the photos in case of disputes arising when you’re claiming back your deposit.
- Don’t sign a lease unless you’ve read it and understood all of it – bring it to your Students’ Union if you have any questions.
- Check if there’s a fire alarm and fire safety devices – your landlord is obliged to provide these.
- If you’re paying for your accommodation yourself and paying tax, remember to register for your rent tax credits on www.revenue.ie