The demand for accommodation is currently very high, because students prepare for a return to a third level education or go to university for the first time.
As such, Irish students are encouraged to ensure that their new homes are safe before they sign on the dotted line.
The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC), the organization that represents the liquid fuel heating industry, has released a number of safety tips for those entering student housing.
Students are urged to bring their smartphones to the property, so they can take pictures for future use and solve problems with the landlord before they sign a contract.
If the house smells bad or signs of mold are present, potential tenants are advised to ensure that the landlord solves the problem in the long term because of health risks.
Students must also check devices thoroughly to ensure that they are in good condition. It is the responsibility of the lessor to ensure that appliances work safely when the rental period starts and is maintained throughout the stay.
Verify that both fire and carbon monoxide alarms are properly confirmed and tested before a contract is signed and if working fire extinguishers are installed.
As far as heating requirements are concerned, ask the landlord whether the boiler is maintained at least once a year, because properly maintained boilers will save money because they are more energy-efficient. A registered OFTEC technician can carry out an oil installation check if necessary.
Finally, student areas can become vulnerable to burglaries and burglaries. Students must insist that their potential home is well secured. Ask for key-operated window locks and secure locks on external and internal doors.
Meanwhile, a warning has been issued about fake rental brokers who are active online in an effort to make money from people looking for accommodation in Dublin.
In particular, students are at great risk of the scheme, with a number of such fraudsters who are teasing desperate students in the run-up to the beginning of the academic year.
The property services regulator (PSRA) has said that these specific fake agents claim to use a PSRA license number – a mandatory figure used by all Irish rental brokers, auctioneers, brokers and management agents to provide a property service in Ireland.
If you are in doubt as to whether a rental agent has a license, you can contact the PSRA on 046-9033-800 or e-mail to [email protected]