The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will launch its USI Rent Book 2010 at the students? union of DIT on Aungier Street at 11.30am, today (Tuesday, August 17th). This Rent Book will provide third level students with all of the relevant information needed on any accommodation issues they may face throughout the college year.

Aideen Hayden, Chair of Threshold- the National Housing Organisation, will launch the publication and speak at the event.

The USI Rent Book 2010 has been produced with support of Threshold and the Department of the Environment.

This guide is an excellent resource to students as it details to them what their legal obligations are in regard to renting accommodation. Only 9% of students can get purpose built student accommodation, which means that the majority of students live in private rented accommodation.

The Rent book also lists a number of support organisations and services that are available to them. Copies of the booklets will be made available to all students at colleges throughout the country.

Members of the media are invited to attend the launch.

USI Welfare Officer, Rebecca Murphy, said:

?USI is delighted to launch the Rent Book 2010. Students hand over on average ?3,500 of rent every year, as well as a sizeable deposit. Now, more than ever, students have to make sure they are protecting their rights and that they can protect their deposit and any monies paid to their landlords. It is vital that accurate records are kept of all rent that changes hands.

The USI rent book helps students to keep a record of their transactions in case of future disputes, as well as giving information on the dos and don?ts of student accommodation. It?s an invaluable resource for any student renting accommodation in the Republic of Ireland.?


Aideen Hayden, Chair of Threshold, said:

?The USI rent book is an invaluable source of information for any student thinking of renting accommodation. Threshold is delighted to be associated with it. When you?re dealing with something as important as where you live it is vital to know what your rights are, how best to ensure that your deposit is protected and what are the minimum living standards that must be met. Taking the advice set out in the Rent Book will get any student off to a good start.

Students make up about 10% of the private rented market and are an important source of income for many Landlords. While the relationship is usually a happy one, Threshold still finds that students often have difficulty in securing the return of their deposits in particular.?



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