There are various ways to find accommodation in Ireland: internet, newspapers, real estate agencies, etc. Find useful information on lease conditions in this article.
Finding an apartment or house for rent in Ireland is not an easy task because demand often exceeds supply, especially in large cities like Dublin where rents have become almost as expensive as in London.
You can start searching for a flat or apartment in the newspapers, on the Internet or via real estate agencies. Room sharing is also very widespread and many websites provide ads for room seekers as well as room providers. If you are seeking for a house or an apartment through real estate agencies, be careful with people you have businesses with! Abuses are frequently reported.
Leases are generally one year in length and water, gas and electricity can be included in the rent. Everything will be clearly stated in your rental agreement. A deposit of six weeks rent will be requested to cope for the possible damages you may cause or in case of non-payment.
An inventory and statement of state of repair will be made in your presence before you move in. It's up to you to verify the general state of your housing and to notify the possible damages left unlisted. Check all the appliances and make sure they are usable.
If your landlord wants to break the lease, he must give you a notice period proportional to the length of your rental lease: for a lease of 6 months or less, the notice period will be of 4 weeks; for a lease from 6 months to one year, the notice period will be of 5 weeks; for a lease from 1 to 2 years, the notice period will be 6 weeks, 7 weeks for a lease from 2 to 3 years, 8 weeks for a lease from 3 to 4 years and 16 weeks for a lease over 4 years. The same notice periods apply in case you want to break your lease.
In case of dispute with your landlord, contact the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) to set up a conciliation meeting.