Just €25/week for a bed.. as long as you like shar­ing

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Anne Sheri­dan and Craig Hughes

THE des­per­ate state of the Dublin rental mar­ket has taken an eye­brow-rais­ing turn – with one man of­fer­ing to share his bed with a woman for just €25 a week.

In ad­di­tion to the plethora of bunk beds piled in over­crowded rooms, mat­tresses flung on floors and oth­ers charg­ing as much as €1,500 to oc­cupy a glo­ri­fied ‘chalet’ in a back gar­den, shar­ing a bed with a stranger is now be­com­ing the new phe­nom­e­non as the rental mar­ket cri­sis con­tin­ues.

Three ad­ver­tise­ments have so far ap­peared on Amer­i­can web­site Room­ster for bed shares in city prop­er­ties.

One man, 54, of­fered to share his bed with a woman for €25 a week or €100 a month in his one-bed flat. Its ex­act lo­ca­tion has not been dis­closed, and queries from the Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day re­ceived no re­sponse.

Mean­while, a 25-year-old man is seek­ing a man to share a bed in a dou­ble bed­room in Clon­tarf. The apart­ment is de­scribed as be­ing just five min­utes from a bus stop and comes with a ‘PlayS­ta­tion avail­able to play’. The cost of shar­ing a bed in the two-bed­room house with the ‘civil en­gi­neer­ing work­ing pro­fes­sional’ and two other lodgers is €475 a month, in­clud­ing bills.

An­other ad­ver­tise­ment, de­scribed as be­ing 1km away from Dublin’s Spire, lists a 30-year-old man as look­ing for a fe­male to take his place in the bed along­side his girl­friend while he is away on hol­i­day for €320 a month. Econ­o­mist Ro­nan Lyons said the ad­verts are symp­to­matic of a mar­ket un­der se­vere stress. ‘Anec­do­tally you see more and more sto­ries about this kind of thing, es­pe­cially ex­treme ver­sions of that, four peo­ple to a room on bunk beds etc. That in it­self is symp­to­matic of the chronic lack of sup­ply of rental ac­com­mo­da­tion,’ he said.

‘Un­for­tu­nately while there are signs of ac­tiv­ity in the pri­vate owner mar­ket – the houses for sale – the rental seg­ment doesn’t look like it’ll have any sig­nif­i­cant re­lease in terms of sup­ply com­ing any­time soon.

‘It’ll re­ally only be as we get into 2021 that we’ll see an in­crease, and even then some of the apart­ments that are be­ing built are for owner oc­cu­piers.’

The cri­sis has led to con­tin­u­ous rises in rents, which av­er­aged €1,334 in the last quar­terly Daft.ie re­port.

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