Over the recent week, the NUI Galway Student’s Union (NUIG SU) has begun asking the homeowners of Galway to consider renting to students in need of accommodation over the academic year before turning to online renting platforms such as Airbnb.
This has come following the introduction of new regulations for short-term letting in “rent pressure zones”. These new regulations have been implemented to address the impact on the private rental market using residential homes for short-term tourism type letting in areas of high- housing demands such as areas close by the Universities.
NUIG SU have announced that landlords can rent out rooms in their homes to students with a tax-free cap of up to €14,000 annually under the Rent-a-Room Scheme, which boasts to assist students in need of accommodation. As well as this, landlords are also getting the opportunity to advertise their accommodation freely on the NUI Galway accommodation website, www.nuigstudentpad.ie.
If landlords are still not fully convinced in getting into long-term arrangements there is an option to make a one-semester arrangement, whereby a visiting student coming to Galway on Erasmus or Study- Abroad could avail of the accommodation for the semester.
President of the NUIG SU, Clare Austick pleaded to landlords, “to advertise their accommodation through the websites ASAP so that students can secure housing now rather than having to wait until the week before lectures begin,” with Brandon Walsh, Student’s Union VP/ Welfare & Equality Officer adding that the SU are already ,”inundated with queries from students looking for accommodation.”