Struggling find somewhere to rent? Tell us your story

It’s a minefield out there so if you are struggling in the rental market please tell us

Photograph: Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

 

Are you trying to find a place to live?

Are you struggling to rent somewhere that is affordable?

Have you been forced to move out due to rent hikes or told that the property is being redeveloped ?

Are you sick of queuing in the rain with dozens of other people only to discover the home you were waiting to see is already gone?

Are you fed up hearing about landlords accepting cash-in-hand deposits during viewings before letting everyone in to see the place?

The latest statistics from the Daft.ie property website show that rents across have increased by almost 12 per cent year-on-year to June, meaning thousands of people across the whole country are being priced out of the rental market.

In Dublin it now costs almost €3,000 a year more to rent while it is €1,500 a year more outside the capital and there is little sign that this increase will slow down any time soon.

This means the average rent between April-June this year rose to €1,159 a month, a payment many working adults in this country will struggle to meet.

Meanwhile, the number of houses and apartments available to rent is continuing to shrink with 20 per cent fewer properties available.

If you are one of the numerous people affected by these soaring prices, we want to hear from you.

We want to hear from woman and men, students and professionals; singletons and families across the country who are struggling to find affordable housing.

We want to hear your story of trying to find a place to live in Cork, Galway, Dublin, Sligo, Kerry, Roscommon, Waterford, Cavan, Leitrim. wherever. we want to hear your story.

We would also like to hear from landlords. What is your experience?

Please get in touch by sending an email to to newsdesk@irishtimes.com with your name, a contact number and a short description of your current housing situation.