My partner and I are a non-smoking couple in our thirties with no pets who are seeking to rent somewhere for a minimum 1 year lease in Dublin after 11 years of renting an apartment from a family member.
I currently earn €36k annually (rising to €39k in May) and my partner is currently unemployed but undertaking a further studies course. As rent in Dublin is ridiculously expensive, my parents have incredibly generously agreed to pay half of the rent so that we can save for a mortgage.
I would greatly appreciate any advice you have on how to broach this arrangement with landlords/letting agents? Can you see any way to assure them that we genuinely can pay the rent or will most discount us straight away as my partner is unemployed? Would it count against us that our previous landlord reference is a family member? Would it be better to arrange for my parents to rent the property and sublet it to us?
Any advice on how to increase our odds of finding a quality place would be greatly appreciated.