Rental crisis at unprecedented level as up to 100 queue for viewing in Clondalkin

Rental crisis at unprecedented level as up to 100 queue for viewing in Clondalkin

The reality of the crisis in the local rental market was again highlighted recently when an image of up to 100 people queuing to view a property in Clondalkin was shared online.

The three-bed-house attracted the huge number of interested people as many continue to struggle to find a place to live locally – with one Clondalkin estate agent telling the Echo that demand in the rental market is at unprecedented levels.

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Speaking on RTE Liveline, one woman who went to the viewing with her niece said the huge crowd meant they had to wait 40 minutes before they could go inside, and once they did there was long queues to speak with the estate agent. 

Helen said: “To me it was an expensive rent, it was €1,400 a month for a small, very small three bedroomed house.”

She continued: “We waited about half an hour but there was no point in going in because you couldn’t see anything so we just had to wait until the crowds were gone. 

“Eventually we went in and had a look around, then we went downstairs and there was one estate agent in the kitchen and another in the living room.” 

Helen said her niece was asked for her name and phone number, who the house was for? Who would be living there? Did she work? and was she on the HAP scheme? 

The situation is one many will be familiar with in the local area, and Lisa O’Donoghue from Broe Auctioneers in Clondalkin, who were not the letting agent for the property in question, said demand in the Dublin 22 area is at unprecedented levels.

She said: “There is huge demand at the moment, and you could certainly see that level of enquires for a property in the area.

“We recently posted a one-bed property and we had upwards of 50 enquiries for viewings – that will show you the demand.

“But there has always been demand, the problem now is the shortage of properties, there are some weeks there may only be four or five properties available to rent in the Dublin 22 area.”

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