Originally Posted by james_d_23
im (hopefully) goin to be moving into a rented house with 3 friends for next years college term and was wondering where's the best place to find properties, most people say the internet and if so do any of you know any good sites?
dcu recommended findahome.ie but its not working at the mo for some reason..
I realise im early but i want to know what im doing well in advance, also when do you think would be a good time to start looking, dont want to move in too early but dont want all the decent places gone at the same time.. cheers..
daft.ie is hands-down the best place to look. Most landlords only advertise places a fortnight to a month in advance, so if you give yourself one month to look before you need to move in you'll have plenty of time. There's no harm in researching now and keeping an eye on prices in the areas you're interested in, so that you don't rush into anything and end up paying over the odds for the first place that comes along.
In terms of things to look for when viewing places- ventilation!! Especially if you're renting a small flat or sharing with a few people- a vent in every room will help prevent the place from becoming stuffy / damp / musty / smelly.
And ALWAYS keep an eye out for signs of damp; investigate inside wardrobes and behind any furniture that's pressed against walls, run your hand over walls and see if they feel cold or clammy. Air freshners are often a tell-tale sign that the smell of damp is being masked, especially if they're in unusual places. Some landlords will simply paint over damp before renting to a new tenant. So ask straight out when viewing a property if there are any problems with damp.
If damp or any other health hazard arise in a property where you're a tenant you are entitled to vacate without giving notice and have your deposit refunded immediately.