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Accommodation FAQ

1. LANDLORDS

• What is the Accommodation Advisory Service?

The AAS is a free-to-use service run by Trinity Students’ Union which assists students in finding suitable accommodation around Dublin. Our drop-in service runs through August and September and again in January, but we work all year round to help students with accommodation issues.

We advertise available accommodation in House 6, the Students’ Union building in Trinity College, and on our website which is available for Trinity Students to view. If you would like to advertise accommodation, please fill in our listing form.

• How does it work?

When you fill in one of our listing forms (found below), we’ll advertise it in our building and on our website (completely free!). We constantly have students looking for accommodation throughout the year, so we’ll look to put them in contact with you.

At that point, we stay out of it. It’s up to landlord and tenant to sort out the finer details of the arrangement and ensure that both sides will be happy. That said though, we’re always here as a point of contact if you have any questions!

• What we recommend.

If this is your first time renting out accommodation, we recommend that you do your research first. Sometimes tensions do arise between a landlord and a tenant, so it’s better that both parties are informed beforehand.

1. Always meet the tenant before agreeing to anything. If you don’t get along, it will make things a lot more difficult throughout the year.

2. Agree on a rent. Set it from the beginning. Make it clear how much they will be charged per month and what that will include (Will they get food? Are bills included? Are they paying for Christmas months? Etc.)

3. Sort out the finer details. If there are things that annoy you or if there are rules in the house they should comply with, tell them now. Things that aren’t aired out can fester and lead to avoidable arguments. Neither side wants that.

4. If there are any questions you have, you can always check out our contact list below. Don’t hesitate to contact any of them.

2. TENANTS

• How do I search for accommodation?

First things first, do not panic. Not getting a room offer in Halls or elsewhere is not the end of the world, remember that only a small percentage of students going into first year will be staying in Halls.

Where should I live?

Here is a link to a guide the SU has produced on Living in Dublin, you might find it useful when looking at areas to live, expenses other than rent and what to look for when viewing a property. This may be especially useful to you as you're starting first year and might not be too familiar with the city. There's a map of the postal codes in Dublin and we also go into a bit of detail about the different post codes. The reason we do it this way is most of the websites use the postcodes as search terms.

Signing a lease / agreeing to rent a place.

#1 Rule: ALWAYS VIEW A PLACE BEFORE PAYING A DEPOSIT.


1. Plan an afternoon/evening of viewings. Try to have at least 5 or 6 viewings planned for any one day as inevitably some will cancel or be gone before you get to view them.

2. Always meet the tenant before agreeing to anything. If you don’t get along, it will make things a lot more difficult throughout the year.

3. Agree on a rent. Set it from the beginning. Make it clear how much they will be charged per month and what that will include (Will they get food? Are bills included? Are they paying for Christmas months? Etc.)

4. Sort out the finer details. If there are things that annoy you or if there are rules in the house they should comply with, tell them now. Things that aren’t aired out can fester and lead to avoidable arguments. Neither side wants that.

5. If there are any questions you have, you can always check out our contact list below. Don’t hesitate to contact any of them.

Digs/Lodgings

We have a list of host families who have rooms (and in some cases full board) available to students. Digs are traditionally a little cheaper than private rented accommodation. Digs generally cost between €80 - €120 per week and vary in what they include (many include bills, meals, laundry etc. within this price). Make sure to clarify what the cost includes.

Private Rented Accommodation

There are a number of places online that you can search in order to view properties in all areas of Dublin including, and to get a reasonable idea as to what prices you should expect for private rented accommodation:

www.daft.ie
www.myhome.ie
www.rent.ie
www.collegecribs.ie
www.gumtree.ie
www.tcd.ie/communications/noticeboard
www.propertycheck.ie
www.property.ie


Need a Roommate?
If you don't have any school friends going to Trinity you might want to team up with some roommates so that you can find accommodation together. You can both search and place an ad on our AAS website to help find someone to live with. You can join this Facebook group to meet new people who are also looking for accommodation, otherwise you can search for roommates on the TCDSU Freshers' page. Alternatively, you can search on the Daft roommate database.

• I’m having problems with my landlord...

Don’t panic! There are plenty of free resources to help you out when it comes to finding out who is liable for what and legal queries.

Deposits
The landlord must return promptly any deposit paid by the tenant. The deposit may be retained or deductions made where there are

1. Rent arrears.
2. Costs incurred to repair damage above normal wear and tear.


It is illegal for a landlord to hold tenant’s goods in lieu of money owed.
A tenant risks losing their deposit if they break a lease without grounds. If you feel that your deposit has been unfairly withheld, you can make an application to the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB).

Inventory of Contents
Your landlord must record, in your rent book or letting agreement, details of furnishings and appliances provided. It is desirable (though not compulsory) to also record their condition as this can help prevent disputes about damaged or broken items. Check the inventory list to make sure that it is accurate – this could save trouble later on.

Leases for fixed Periods
A formal lease or letting agreement is usually for a fixed period (e.g. the Academic year). You cannot be asked to leave during that time unless you are in rent arrears or in breach of your tenancy obligations. If you are in rent arrears, you must be notified by the landlord in writing. If you have not met your rent arrears within 14 days, then the landlord may issue you with 28 days notice of termination. You are entitled to formal notice of any claim that you have broken the tenancy conditions and to be given time to set things right. Tenants should be given the original lease and the landlord keeps a copy.

Rent Increases
Landlords can only raise the rent to the open market rate. The landlord may also only raise the rent once in a 12 month period unless there has been a substantial change in the nature of the accommodation. If the property has been found through the accommodation office the rent is set for the entire Academic year and cannot be raised.

Privacy
As a tenant you are entitled to quiet and peaceful enjoyment of your home. Your landlord is only allowed enter with your permission. If the landlord needs tocarry out repairs or inspect the premises, it should be by prior arrangement with you. If the property is put up for sale, ask the landlord to agree viewing times with you. If your landlord repeatedly enters your flat without your permission contact the accommodation office for advice.

Visitors
You are entitled to have friends to stay over on an occasional basis but you need the landlord’s permission if a new person is to move in.

Noise
You should check with your landlord if there are set conditions about parties and noise. Remember the landlord has duties to other tenants and neighbours. If noise from other tenants or neighbours is causing a nuisance to you, tell your landlord.

Standards
Your landlord must, by law, ensure that your home complies with certain minimum standards e.g.

• Free from damp,
• In good structural repair,
• Hot and cold water,
• Adequate means of heating and ventilation,
• Appliances in good working order,
• Electrical wiring, gas, pipes in good repair.

If your home does not comply with these standards, report it to your local authority or the Private Residential Tenancies Board. An inspection will be carried out and the landlord ordered to do any necessary repairs. Contact the Accommodation Advisory Service, Threshold, the Private Residential Tenancies Board or your local authority for further advice.

Repairs
The landlord is obliged to carry out repairs except where damage beyond normal wear and tear has been caused by the tenant. Contact the landlord in writing if repairs are not being completed. If the landlord fails to make repairs in a reasonable time then the tenant can have repairs carried out and be reimbursed by the landlord.

Visit www.threshold.ie for full details on your rights as a tenant in private rented accommodation. Contact the accommodation office for further information on your rights in a student apartment complex.

3. TRINITY ON-CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION OFFICE

The Accommodation Advisory Service on deal with assisting students in finding accommodation that is off campus.

For on-campus accommodation queries, please contact the Trinity Accommodation Office:

http://www.tcd.ie/accommodation/StudentsandStaff/
(01) 896 1177
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For Trinity Hall accommodation queries, please contact the Trinity Hall Accommodation Office:

http://www.wardentrinityhall.tcdlife.ie/
(01) 497 1772
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4. CONTACTS

Accommodation Advisory Service
(01) 646 8440
(01) 646 8437
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TCDSU Welfare Officer
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Threshold Housing
Threshold are a national housing charity. They can offer advice on seeking accommodation, dealing with problems during your tenancy and how to end a tenancy. They’re completely free and a great first point of contact.

1890 334 334
www.threshold.ie

Private Residential Tenancies Board
They are the greatest source of information when it comes to tenancy disputes. You can also submit a tenancy dispute to them to aid in dealing with it, but it requires a minimal fee and can take up to 12 months for a dispute to be sorted out.

www.prtb.ie

Free Legal Advice Centre
FLAC offer free legal advice to everyone. They have free drop-in centres across the country and are great if you’re looking for legal advice with regards to tenancy. You can find their centres and contact details on their website.

www.flac.ie


Trinity On-Campus Accommodation Office
http://www.tcd.ie/accommodation/StudentsandStaff/
(01) 896 1177
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Trinity Hall Accommodation Office
http://www.wardentrinityhall.tcdlife.ie/
(01) 497 1772
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Contact

Accommodation Advisory Service

Trinity Students' Union
    House 6
    Trinity College
    Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 6468 431
E-Mail: accommodation@tcdsu.org

Opening Hours

Our opening hours are as follows:

August - September
    January (two weeks )

Monday-Friday: 9:30am to 5:30pm
    Open Sat, 11:00 - 13:30
    Weekend: Closed