Every year, there is a huge struggle nation-wide for students looking for student accommodation. Between sky-high rents, cramped rooms and just downright unsuitable living conditions, the student housing crisis genuinely poses an obstacle to education for many.
With the college term slowly raising its head again, the USI are well aware of people beginning to, once again, go on the housing hunt. Yesterday the USI, along with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB), released the Finance and Accommodation Guide 2017.
The guide is aimed at students who are on the hunt for housing, and details everything they need to know. The guide takes students through their rights as tenants, and highlights the need to for students to make a note of all payments throughout their time renting.
The guide provides students with a Rent Book to note down all payments and expenses incurred, as well as a financial and budgeting guide to make sure that students financially get through the year.
Speaking about the Guide, the USI President Michael Kerrigan said:
“The Finance and Accommodation Guide is every student’s go-to resource while living in rented accommodation. USI want to ensure students coming to college for the first time know their rights as tenants, and can budget for the year. The average cost of college is €12,500, and USI research shows 58% of students are spending between €256 and €500 for accommodation a month. The cost of accommodation is proving difficult for students and the cost of rent is leaving no money for food, travel or books. This guide will help students budget for the year ahead, and keep track of their spending to meet the costly demands of studying.”
RTB Director Rosalind Carroll said:
“This is a valuable guide for all students, especially first-years. It is important that students renting accommodation are aware of their rights and responsibilities and that they openly discuss them with their landlord so that everyone is clear from the start what is expected which should prevent disputes arising. The majority of disputes that come to the RTB involve landlords or tenants who simply did not understand their rights and responsibilities. The RTB believe open, continuous and respectful communication is key to a positive tenancy. Tenants should be aware of and use the services of the Residential Tenancies Board if a dispute arises."
Students are being urged to consult the guide before, and even during, making an agreement with a landlord, to ensure that everything is above board and that they are getting the best deal they possibly can.
There have been far too many stories of people being tricked into fake deposits lately, and this Guide couldn't have come at a better time.