Above from left: Cameron Keighron (NUIG Students Union VP/Education Officer) Clare Austick (SU President), Brandon Walsh (SU VP/Welfare & Equality Officer)
NUI Galway Students’ Union are asking Galway homeowners “who rented rooms on platforms such as Airbnb to consider renting to students instead” following the introduction of new regulations for short-term letting in “rent pressure zones”.
Landlords can still rent out rooms in their homes to students tax-free up to a cap of €14,000 per annum under the Rent a Room Scheme.
President of NUI Galway Students’ Union Clare Austick said
“We are asking landlords to advertise their accommodation through our websitesASAP so that students can secure housing now rather than having to wait until the week before lectures begin.
This will provide steady tax-free income for homeowners and a home for NUI Galway students who contribute so much to the local economy. The lack of accommodation here in Galway City has become a serious issue putting access to education at risk for many students.
The option is also available to just rent a room for one semester to a visiting student if homeowners are unsure about getting into a long-term arrangement…”