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Not sure what to make of this landlord?

  • 20-09-2021 6:48pm
    Registered Users Posts: 325 ✭✭ All that fandango

    Hi, so I today I had a viewing for a room in a house share (I'm a worker not a student). While there, the landlord said to me that there was an awful lot of interest in the rooms available and that they had offers of 200-300 euros a month more than what the monthly rent was advertised on Daft. Is this common practice to offer a room to the highest bidder despite what the advert stated? Because I've never come across it before. I dont know what to think to be honest, are they trying their luck to see how much they get get? Thanks if anyone can offer their thoughts on this.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 23,062 Mod ✭✭✭✭ godtabh

    Call his bluff and see what happens

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,020 ✭✭✭ Caranica

    I've rented a room before and been offered more than the advertised rent. I gave them the room but at the advertised rent as I took it as a sign they could pay what I was looking for. So tenants do it too

  • Registered Users Posts: 544 ✭✭✭ agoodpunt

    was he the LL or someone who is a tenant also living there

    A proper LL rents a house with with a single payment and is RTB registered to those who reside there, anything outside of this can be a roll of the dice sometimes tenants do sublet without the owners knowledge

  • Registered Users Posts: 325 ✭✭ All that fandango

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  • Registered Users Posts: 544 ✭✭✭ agoodpunt

    As it is a house share with a set rent it should be down to the exsisting tenants to find a suitable tenant then ask for the LL premission with refs and details, any other way is amateurish IMO

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,875 ✭✭✭✭ denartha

    This practice will become more common as people get more desperate to find somewhere. The shortage of accommodation has long since reached crisis levels.

    I looked on Daft a week ago and in all of Dublin, number of properties asking 1600 a month or less, was 319. The same search today gave me 288 results. In a few weeks it could be in single digits.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,405 ✭✭✭✭ recode the site

    I’m a fully compliant tax-paying landlord and would have concerns about this kind of activity, which will only be stopped if it is reported. It is up to the government to properly incentivise a proper letting/renting economy. There’s only pocket money at best to be made from it for the small timer


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  • Registered Users Posts: 325 ✭✭ All that fandango

    Thanks all for the replies, currently commuting about 90km each way so 180km every day. In Galway aswell. Grateful to have a home to go to at alk. I dont really know what to do.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,618 ✭✭✭ Claw Hammer

    Some landlords let by room and are tax compliant and maintain good standards. It can be easier to control than a large group with comings and goings. Some tenants prefer it because it avoids joint and several liability.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,405 ✭✭✭✭ recode the site

    Once the landlord is RTB registered and there’s a proper agreement, that’s a good place to start. I guess by letting house-shares the landlord can actually make more out of it, but it could verge on a bedsit type arrangement. It would also mean the landlord having to be that bit more available and responsive to answer to a number of different people unrelated to each other.

    I let through an agent who has 7 day emergency contact for my tenants. Only this morning the boiler went, and my tenants had no hot water, so it’s now being fixed. My agents have a full list of repair people on call, and are pre-authorised to get them into action. Probably little to nothing to make for me out of October’s let as I feel I will have to replace it at this stage. New condenser gas boilers are very energy efficient, but only the tenants benefit from that, of course.

  • Registered Users Posts: 544 ✭✭✭ agoodpunt

    Near impossible to get repairs done at the minute rang a plumber to go fix a leak he said he has a 3 week waiting list

    If a LL is prepared to do the letting of rooms surely needs approval from the sitting tenant he could install a relative but he is more likely getting more rent and probably breaking the cap on rent still it extra work and nobody works for nothing