Lease is up at the end of August and we have decided we want to move closer to hubby's work as he has no car (and I do). I work in Swords and he works in Santry. We are ideally looking to rent a 2 bed in Northwood as that is walking distance for him (and he does shift work). Most rents are starting from €900 upwards. Have viewed a few places.
One place was listed at €900 and the guy said there is absolutely no budging on that. Another 2 places were listed as €920 and they said their rock bottom price would be €900, wtf a measly €20 discount! And another we viewed for €950 said there was no budging on that and that there are others interested so it will definitely go for that.
We both earn a low enough wage and if we were to rent somewhere for €900/950 it would be about a third of our joint earnings. The maximum we wanted to spend was €850 but it doesn't look like we'll get more than a box for that.
It just sickens me that the same apartments in Northwood have an asking price of €125,000-€175,000, so if we had the money for a deposit, we would have a mortgage paid off in around 15 or 20 years if we were paying it back at €950/month.
Has anyone else experience in haggling rents? What are other areas like for haggling? And why are rents still so high and why is there basically no wiggle room at all?