Property owners looking to rent their homes for up to €55,000 during major golf tournaments say they have received no enquiries.
They paid €195 each to place adverts on a website specializing in short-term accommodation for golf tournaments in Ireland.
A number of people who had put their homes up for rent in Kilkenny during the Irish Open at Mount Juliet last week said so Irish Independent that they received no interest and were advised to seek huge sums of money for their houses.
Their homes were advertised on Accommodation for The Event (AfTE), a website set up last year.
There are currently over 100 rental properties advertised on AfTE for the Ryder Cup to be held at Adare Manor in Limerick in 2027.
Some who paid for ads expressed concern that one of the positive Google reviews written about AfTE was from another company, also owned by Brian Higgins, director of AfTE.
“Families had booked holidays for the week of the Irish Open to free up their homes the week of the event,” said a man who asked to remain anonymous.
“I haven’t received a single request but to be fair there was no pressure on us to put it on the website. I heard the site owner on KCLR radio in February and he said it was a great way for families to make extra money.
“My house cost around 20,000 euros. The guy who runs the website looked at the pictures of the house and said for a two week period if you had six to eight people you would be looking for around that number so I went with it. I sent it to my neighbor and some friends and it spread like wildfire. They also lined up their houses but got no contact.”
Paul Ryan from Co Kildare has currently advertised his three bedroom family home for €22,000 for the Irish Open, which is being held at the K Club next year.
“If you told the boys in the pub that you would give the house away for that much money, they would think you were crazy,” he said.
“We haven’t heard from him since, but he (Brian Higgins) was pretty confident that if they can’t come to the Carton House or the K Club, people will book three months in advance.”
Another property owner of a Limerick home who is promoting his home for the 2027 Ryder Cup said he has not yet received any calls or emails.
“I just said I’d throw it up and see what happens. I heard about it on the local radio station in Limerick.”
A positive review from AfTE, left by a company called Porpos Ltd – of which Brian Higgins is also a director – read: “Exceptional service. Such a warm welcome as the homeowners greeted us. 5 Stars.”
It has since been deleted.
When asked if some homeowners were disappointed with the lack of acceptance of their ads and the review left by Porpos, Mr Higgins did not respond.
Earlier this week he told that Irish Independent: “Homeowners have the final say, but we encourage them to keep it on par – if not less – with the hospitality industry.
“Some hotels charge €2,800 per room per night, and that is only for two people.
“The company’s vision is to route all funds directly to a local family or homeowner without charging them a commission.”
Houses in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary are rented out for the Ryder Cup,
A three bedroom family home in Rathkeale for €35,000 is also among the properties available.
https://www.independent.ie/business/personal-finance/property-mortgages/house-owners-told-to-seek-22000-rent-for-golf-tournaments-yet-to-receive-an-enquiry-41826314.html Homeowners said they should charge $22,000 in golf tournament rent to get another request