RENT A ROOM
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.