The Only Way Is Essex




Barbara McCarthy writes:

This landlord has increased the rent from €2,450 to €2,950, reduced it by 300 then increased it by a further  €800... within 10 days. 2 bed for €3,450.

I’m emailing all landlords on who are taking the complete and utter piss and making it impossible for people to find decent homes to live in, close to things they need. Please Feel free to do the same. #NoMoreRipOffRents.

Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin (Daft)

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59 thoughts on “The Only Way Is Essex

    1. manolo

      Tired of seeing people waiting for regulation to fix things when what we need is a bit more of social awareness and less of destructive greed.

          1. ALisonT

            I guess this is the price to live smack bang in the center of one of the most prosperous cities in the world where there are no high rise buildings.

  1. MoyestWithExcitement

    Free market! Capitalism! There’s nothing we can do about it! It’s not like this landlord had a free choice to look for over 40 grand a year from his property. Capitalism and the free market made him do it. You can’t stop nature, lads.

      1. Boba Fettucine

        You don’t think there’s a connection between house prices being ‘stable’ and rents skyrocketing?

    1. ahjayzis

      And ignore the trajectory.

      In five years time living according to your means on 25k pa will be a cardboard box behind a brothel in Blessington for 800 pcm.

        1. Gero

          You’re screwed tax wise for rental income these days. I’m an accidental landlord, just finished my tax return for 2016.

    1. ALisonT

      Agreed – the prices in areas like Temple bar are being massively pushed up by the alternative and less taxing option of AirBnB.

      1. B Bop

        THIS…know plenty of property people & they absolutely agree the Air BnB rates are decimating stable fair rents.

    2. backomebollix

      There is a house on my road that will soon become available – excpet that it won’t be available to Dublin residents to rent or buy (should they be wealthy enough to afford it). It’s going on Airbnb, where it will generate cash without contributing housing to anyone who actually lives here. We’re being mugged.

      1. The-bag

        It’s the owners right to do as they please with the property they paid for. Private landlords are not obligated to provide a social service.

        1. backomebollix

          Of course its their right. I’m not implying they’re doing anything wrong. There is a problem inherent though. Private landlords should have more obligations than they do, nothing to do with a “social service” whatever that means.

          1. Brother Barnabas

            “We’re being mugged…I’m not implying they’re doing anything wrong”

            You’re talking out of your bottom hole.

  2. andydufresne2010

    Good work Barbara. It may not fix the situation but it’s important they know people think they’re gouging scum. And for all those who say “what’s that gonna do?” its better than saying “That’s capitalism” and doing Fupp all.

    1. Anomanomanom

      Gouging scumbags, who’s forcing any one to rent. Its priced to stop the scumbags looking to rent it. If I was selling an old car worth €2000 and asked for €5000 and someone wanted to give me €5000 whats the problem.

      1. jeremy kyle

        I suppose because everyone needs somewhere to live and if landlords are collectively upping the prices more people are gonna end up with nowhere to live?

          1. jeremy kyle

            You might well be right about that I’m just responding to, “who’s forcing any one to rent?” C’mon, you know that’s fairly ludicrous…

      2. MoyestWithExcitement

        Because eventually everyone will start selling their 2k cars for 5k and folks who have no option but to buy a car for work will lose 3 grand that they might have been saving for, say, a family holiday, all because of other people’s (yours) greed.

      3. The Real Jane

        *who’s forcing any one to rent*

        That is true. There are loads of pavements all over this country which aren’t lived on. It’s just the entitled few who expect a roof over their heads at an affordable price. Your bleedin’ majesty.

      4. manolo

        Do you also agree with speculation over food price in natural disaster zones, letting some go hungry because they couldn’t afford it?

        A home is a basic need, a car isn’t. An over-inflated market causes homelessness on the lower end of the market. Stuff your free market BS.

        1. Anomanomanom

          All untrue, The lack of competence in government causes these things, especially Irelands house crisis. What people are actually moaning about is, A PRIVATE citizen buying a property then renting it out at what ever price he wants, but because that price is unaffordable for a lot of people YOU people call it greed. Its of course the home owners fault the government have no social housing, its definitely the home owners fault so many people basically demand free houses from government only to find out there is none and its a bad thing the home owner worked hard to save to be able to buy a property. Maybe we should scrounge like the rest of the wasters.

          1. The Real Jane

            Hmmm…there’s a lot of confused thoughts here, including that the government should and should not be providing housing.

            However, you are right – the provision of accomodation being a private concern should be banned. Then PRIVATE WINNERS won’t have to use their HARD WORKINGNESS to gouge their fellow citizens. I suggest a licencing scheme for those who wish to rent out their property and a banding system to work out exactly what they can charge.

          2. Anomanomanom

            You can interpret what I said how best suits your own thoughts. I clearly said its the government’s fault that they don’t build houses, I then clearly said when people are looking for houses they get told there are none. No where did I say build more then say don’t build them. And im all for how they do rent controlled apartments in NYC, its done brilliantly. But you can bitch and moan all you like about prices at the moment because people can charge what they like right now. A good step would be taking people out of DDC(corpo) houses when they earn enough to buy. I know loads living in “social” housing with incomes well above mine.

  3. phil

    That monthly rental is more than I get paid a month after 15yrs working as a so called professional .

    I wouldn’t be surprised if some people would think of jacking in the job moving back in with the parents and renting their house…

    you could even live abroad for a year or two and still come out better than following the traditional paradigm of working for a living…

    In 04 I lived/worked in Cyprus for a bit, it seemed to me that goat farmers became rich quickly thru property , and the only people who worked for a living were expats , thats an exaggeration, but it felt like that ….

  4. 15 cent

    the decor is incredibly gross. its like a ‘classy’ beauty salon in Cabra. ooh jaysus lookih de chairs n’all, fancy.

  5. Nikkeboentje

    What everyone seems to have missed is this is for a short-term 3 month letting. The rent also includes all services.

    1. The Real Jane

      Does that make it seem like good value? Still almost ten and a half grand for the three months. You could pay to live in the Maldron (rather than a really expensive place done up like it) and they’d include your services as well.

  6. forfeckssake

    Twin beds! Because any adult paying that kind of money would love to sleep in the same room (but not bed) as someone else.

  7. Kasement

    Its a short term rental (states 3 months on the ad), its the same with most apartments in Temple Bar marketed on daft, f all are genuinely marketed as 12 month lettings.
    The services included is abit of a giveaway.

  8. Iwerzon

    I lived in that aprt building in 2008, one bed apartment was Euro1000 then. Had to move after a few months because of the mad noisy party heads and the street cleaners.

  9. John

    How can you call someone trying to make money from an investment as greedy. People are prepared to pay more for rent in key areas of Dublin. It’s just the market economics. It’s like calling landlords outrageously generous 4 years ago when rents were half or calling landlords in Ballymun nicer people than the greedy ones in Ballsbridge or Temple Bar.
    How many people who are accusing landlords of greed would themselves sell something of value to one person for less price than they could get for it of another?
    Back when landlords couldn’t get enough money to cover their mortgage were tenants being accused of being selfish by not paying them more rent or is market economics acceptable when it is in that situation?

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