‘It’s a bit of a joke’ – Renter who stood in line of 150 people for Dublin property opens up about home search


A recent graduate with just two weeks to secure accommodation in Dublin has described it as “a joke” to have to wait in a long, winding line at a recent viewing.

On Tuesday night, ideas surfaced on social media from dozens of hopeful renters who queued for more than an hour outside a property in Drumcondra.

Ben O’Donnell (22) from Co Waterford recently graduated from Trinity College and is studying to become a trainee barrister.

Mr. O’Donnell has been looking for a place to stay with two friends for six weeks.

He attended the viewing of the three-bedroom townhouse on Tuesday evening, which was advertised for a monthly rent of €1,850.

The group were finally able to inspect the property at 9:15 p.m. but have no hope of securing it.

He said it wasn’t advertised as an open viewing and there were about 120 people in line.

“I originally got there around 7:30pm because I misread the time, it was supposed to start at 8pm so we left and came back just after 8pm and there was a big, long line “, he said.

“You may be talking about an invitation to a rental, that’s really a joke. That’s when you notice the heart, we’ve already done enough sightseeing at this point. I’ve sent over 300 requests to Daft and seen it maybe 30 times.

“Most of them are a little more organized and you think maybe you have a small chance, but this one really just showed how desperate everyone is.

“I’ve set up notifications on my phone, I’ve programmed my computer to light up if there’s ever a listing that matches my criteria, and then you’re right there and send a request right away.”

Mr O’Donnell said he wasn’t sure what he would do if he didn’t secure new accommodation before his current lease expires at the end of the month.

“My current lease expires at the end of this month, so I basically have two weeks left,” he said.

“Living at home or commuting isn’t really an option because I’m working in Ballsbridge at the moment so getting up and down isn’t really practical.

“You would be quite disheartened and despondent after sending so many requests and hearing a response from so few, and you’re wondering what’s going to change in the next two weeks.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do, if it’s the end of the month and I don’t have space, I really don’t know. It’s terribly precarious and I’m supposed to be studying for exams in the evenings, but instead I’m going sightseeing.”

He said the lengthy process of finding rental housing is very time-consuming in the current climate.

Mr O’Donnell said there was a mutual sense of frustration among tenants queuing on Tuesday night.

“It’s generally just a distraction, your weekends are busy and you check your phone every day,” he said.

“I think people were trying to keep their spirits up, one of the neighbors came out and was amazed at the queue.

“I have friends in the US who are planning to come back and they didn’t even realize how bad the real estate market is here.”

https://www.independent.ie/news/its-a-bit-of-a-joke-renter-who-was-in-queue-of-150-people-for-dublin-property-tells-of-search-for-a-home-41919245.html ‘It’s a bit of a joke’ – Renter who stood in line of 150 people for Dublin property opens up about home search

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