Prospective tenants face fees to view properties – another indication of the cutthroat nature of the current market for renters.
A minority of landlords in Galway are reported to be taking cash off would-be tenants who want to view houses.
And the practice may be unlawful, according to housing charities.
In some cases, landlords use the fee as a deposit to secure a viewing and the money is returned once they have viewed the property.
It’s understood that the high level of demand to view rental units has prompted landlords to introduce the refundable fee, which cuts out the ‘time-wasters’ and ‘tyre-kickers’.
But in some instances, the money is being kept, even if the viewer does not secure the property.
One third level student told the Tribune that she paid €15 to view a house near NUIG, and it was not refunded. “There isn’t much out there. I had no choice,” she said.
Threshold, the national housing
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