Par­ents give up home for ‘chalet’ in gar­den

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Mar­tin Healy

WITH a deep­en­ing cri­sis in the hous­ing mar­ket, tim­ber cab­ins are now in ‘huge de­mand’ and are be­ing hoisted into back gar­dens across the coun­try.

Many par­ents have bought the cab­ins for their own chil­dren who are un­able to get a foot on the prop­erty mar­ket – or they are liv­ing in them them­selves and giv­ing their house to chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

But now, some of these cab­ins – pitched as ‘cosy Scan­di­na­vian style chalets’ have been ad­ver­tised on rental sites for as much as €1,700 a month.

One list­ing in Terenure in Dublin 6, which has now been deleted, was an ‘an­nex to the main house’ avail­able for €900 a

The cheap­est ‘stu­dio pod’ costs €35,000

month, de­spite hav­ing no oven or ev­i­dence of a bath­room.

The Stan­dard for Rented Houses Reg­u­la­tions 2017 state that a house should pro­vide the use of a ‘4-ring hob with oven and grill’, among its many re­quire­ments.

An­other list­ing, in Killester on Dublin’s north­side, is de­scribed as a ‘lovely cosy log chalet’ and is now avail­able for €400 a week, down from €1,700 a month pre­vi­ously.

It fea­tures a bath­room and one dou­ble bed­room, but again no oven.

The own­ers did not re­spond for a re­quest by the Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day to com­ment on chalet home.

The av­er­age na­tion­wide monthly rent now stands at €1,261, ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent fig­ures from Daft.ie. In Dublin, the av­er­age is sig­nif­i­cantly higher, at ap­prox­i­mately €1,823 while a sin­gle rented bed­room in the city cen­tre av­er­ages €654. Only 3,200 prop­er­ties were avail­able to rent in the first four months of 2018, which is the low­est on record for this time of year. Rents in Dublin are al­ready 30% higher than their pre­vi­ous peak dur­ing the Celtic Tiger. Com­pa­nies be­hind these mod­u­lar homes are sell­ing them as fast as they can build them, ac­cord­ing to Richard Thorpe, of the Pod Fac­tory in Co. Meath. ‘A lot peo­ple are putting them out in their back gar­dens for their par­ents mov­ing in or their kids are mov­ing in - we’re get­ting an aw­ful lot of it,’ said Mr Thorpe.

About 60% of their busi­ness comes from clients in Dublin but Mr Thorpe says while young cou­ples of­ten move in, he was shocked to dis­cover the num­ber of par­ents who move in them­selves, leav­ing their main house to their chil­dren.

Their cheap­est ‘stu­dio pod’ starts at €35,000, but they also of­fer gar­den rooms at €20,000.

Noel Nor­man, of Tim­ber Cab­ins, feels that the trend will con­tinue.

‘Peo­ple are forced to move back to their moth­ers and fathers be­cause they just can’t af­ford it,’ he said. ‘It’s bet­ter than pay­ing rent to land­lords and not get­ting a penny left for them­selves. They’re happy enough to live in a log cabin, per­fectly in­su­lated, for much, much cheaper in­stead of pay­ing a land­lord mad money.’

POP­U­LAR: Tim­ber cab­ins are in de­mand as ris­ing rents force fam­i­lies to re­think fu­ture

BOOM­ING: Richard Thorpe sells the chalets

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