Friday 21 October 2016

Are these the smallest properties in the city?

The bed in this North Circular Road studio is a bit of a tight squeeze
The bed in this North Circular Road studio is a bit of a tight squeeze
You have to climb a ladder to get into your bed in this Crumlin property

These pictures show some of the small studio apartments asking for more than €700-a-month in rent in the capital.

A one-person studio apartment located at Crumlin Road in Dublin 12, with a minimum lease of one year, has a monthly rent of €700.

This includes the cost of central heating and hot water.

The let has since been agreed on the property, which was advertised on Daft.ie.

The flat has a double bed, which is only accessible using a ladder, as the picture shows. It also comprises of a wardrobe and desk, a kitchenette with "all mod cons" and an en-suite shower room.

David Brock, Owner of Brock DeLappe Estate Agents which advertised the property, said the price is a result of market conditions and blamed the government for failing to support landlords.


"It is a sad indictment of the way the market has gone," Mr Brock told the Herald. "It is also a result of the government failing to support private landlords."

Another small studio apartment located on North Circular Road was advertised on Daft.ie for a weekly rate of €180 (€720-a-month) with a minimum lease of six months.

Its property description says it is "a very small studio that would suit one person".

Going to sleep would certainly be a tight squeeze, with the single bed wedged into an alcove.

This comes the week after a Daft.ie report revealed that rents nationwide have gone above €1,000 a month for the first time since the financial collapse. Average monthly rents had not been above this level since May 2008.

The report also revealed that the supply of properties to rent is at its lowest level on record.

The average monthly rent across the State is now €1,006 after rental costs shot up by 9.3pc in the last year. Dublin rents were up 8.8pc in the past year, with the average now €1,464.


Availability in Dublin remains very low, with just 1,100 homes on the market at the start of May, compared to an average of 3,800 for the decade 2006 to 2015.

Economist Dr Ronan Lyons, who compiled the report, said: "The severe shortage of rental accommodation has worsened in the last three months, a phenomenon reflected in rapidly rising rents in all parts of the country."

He said the lack of housing must be a top priority for the new Government.

One out of every five households is rented accommodation.

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