Matea Leka, 32, has written to the Taoiseach to share her personal experience of the housing crisis – from scammers to moldy rooms.
s Leka, originally from Croatia, has lived in Ireland since 2019 and works full-time as a Product Builder at Boston Scientific in Cork while also studying part-time at Technological University Dublin. She also occasionally works at another part-time job.
“I’m trying to save some money for a mortgage, still a little delusional that this can go smoother than renting,” she said.
“Seems like that’s the only way because the majority of landlords are like the government itself – they just don’t care.”
Ms. Leka is currently sharing a 2-room apartment with another person for 850 euros a month. The full rent is €1,550.
It took her four months to find it, but she’s still hoping to find something cheaper.
“Nothing worked out. I only had two viewings. When we got there to see the first one, there were already 10 people waiting in line,” she said.
“Finally, I happened to find one — friend of a friend — as it usually goes.”
Up to this point she had tried her luck with other lodgings, some of which were inferior.
“I lived in a moldy room for a year. The third apartment I moved into was also moldy and we were kicked out after two months because the landlord decided to sell the house. I had to wash the walls, it was that bad,” she said.
“My boyfriend used to have a runny nose after he slept in my room.
“I paid €180 for a dehumidifier. It didn’t help much.”
Ms. Leka then wrote to Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s constituency office. In particular, she wanted to know what the government is doing to deal with the real estate crisis and how it intends to take care of its taxpayers.
“I barely keep my head above sea level,” she wrote to Mr. Martin. “All those responsible should be ashamed of themselves.”
Ms Leka received a reply from Housing Secretary Darragh O’Brien, a reply which she felt did not answer her questions. “I received such a general response with a complete sense of indifference. It seems like they don’t care and they don’t seem to be doing their jobs right,” she said.
In response, Ms. Leka requested a response specifically addressing her concerns and comments as she outlined various rental scams and high prices she had encountered, but received no further response.
“It’s so bad I can’t put it in an email,” she said.
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