Queue for an apartment viewing in Ringsend, Dublin 4 last year
Via homeless charity Threshold:
We have been dealing with cases of people being charged just simply to view rented accommodation.
One woman who contacted us contacted a letting agency and was told that she could view the property that afternoon – but that she’d have to pay a €500 fee.
Another woman seeking a HAP [Housing Assistance Programme] tenancywas required to pay a €300 deposit to an agency. After being informed that the property was above the HAP limit, the woman could not sign the lease. The agency, however, refused to refund her money.
Anne Marie McNally, of the Soc Dems writes:
“This practice is outrageous and exploitative….The law on extra charges being applied by landlords is in fact very far from clear and needs to be clarified by the government as a matter of urgency.
I have also heard of landlords seeking to charge tenants extra for bin collections and car parking. In some cases,
it’s clear that these extra fees are being used to bump up rents indirectly, so as to circumvent the current rent caps.”
Fiona Reddan, in the Irish Times, reports:
“First-time buyers are struggling to get on the first step of the property ladder as a result of a significant increase in the down payment required to fund the property transaction.”
“According to figures from the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), the average deposit needed to buy a property in Dublin has more than doubled to €51,000 as of the end of 2015, a level of savings which may be out of the reach of many.”
“…The new regulations mainly affect those looking to buy property in the larger metropolitan parts of the country, where a deposit of 80 per cent is needed for property purchases for first time buyers on the portion in excess of €220,000.”
I was going through old files and see when I bought an iphone/contract, 3 years ago, Vodafone made me pay 100 Euro as a deposit. Fair enough, as iPhones are expensive. However they never gave me back the money (or put it in my account). Literally they just pocketed it. So I emailed in early September with all the receipts etc. and STILL I am waiting for MY money back.
I wonder how many people have forgotten about ‘deposits on expensive phones’ and I wonder does Vodafone (or other operators) have a statistic on how profitable people’s forgetfulness can be?