A survival guide for renters

Are you a third-level student looking for a place to live or do you already live in rented accommodation?

Are you a third-level student looking for a place to live or do you already live in rented accommodation?

As thousands of college students prepare to search for rented accommodation, a new book Renting in Ireland – The Tenant Survival Guide, has been launched in Kilkenny by Environment Minister Phil Hogan.

The book by John Leahy, which contains advice for students seeking rented accommodation, highlights the pitfalls to avoid and guides students and other renters through the process of trouble-free renting.

Mr Leahy, of the website www.renting.ie, highlighted the growing popularity of renting in Ireland. “An increasing number of people are choosing to live in rented accommodation. The latest Census figures show that the proportion of households renting in Ireland has almost doubled since 2006. This trend is likely to continue in the coming years,” he said.

Speaking at the recent launch in Kilkenny Castle, the minister, whose department has overall responsibility for housing matters, said that “with the increasing popularity of renting in Ireland, this book will be a very useful resource for anyone living in rented accommodation.”