Just €25/week for a bed.. as long as you like sharing
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.
tight fit: Bed-share advert