RENT A ROOM

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - SOCIAL NETWORK -

You don’t ac­tu­ally have to rent the room. Just say you have a room for rent in your house, and you’ ll have no end of in­ter­est­ing peo­ple queu­ing up out­side your gaff for an in­ter­view. (One per­son’s rent cri­sis is an­other’s op­por­tu­nity. Don’t say that out loud. Peo­ple are very pissed off.)

Ob­vi­ously, there is one big ar­gu­ment against tak­ing in a stranger. The 1992 movie Sin­gle White Fe­male, pic­tured right. A hor­ror story of what can go wrong with an ap­par­ently nice room­mate, it has some shock­ing images that can be hard to shake. And we’re not just talk­ing about Jen­nifer Jason Leigh’s hair.

As against that, €12,000. That’s the amount you are al­lowed to earn tax-free un­der the renta-room scheme. In your face, tax-col­lect­ing guy. Don’t go around say­ing this out loud if your new tenant works for the Rev­enue. That will just get things off on the wrong foot­ing. Speak­ing of putting your­self on a dodgy foot­ing with the Rev­enue . . . Airbnb. It could be just the thing if you don’t want to com­mit to a long lease with a man who starts to smell of cab­bage over time. The good news about Airbnb is you’ ll have a con­stant flow of peo­ple at your place, all look­ing for a slice of Ir­ish life. The bad news is, you’ ll have to stop sit­ting on the couch ev­ery night watch­ing re­runs of Mod­ern Fam­ily. They didn’t come all the way to Ire­land to dis­cover that we’re ba­si­cally Yanks with­out guns. A word here from Tourism Ire­land. They have asked us to ask Airbnb land­lords to stop send­ing their vis­i­tors to some crappy did­dlyaye Ir­ish-mu­sic night, just to get them out of the house. There have been loads of com­plaints, ap­par­ently.

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