Finding accommodation online

The easiest way to look for accommodation in Ireland initially is online. A majority of the estate agents list their properties on letting websites, as well as landlords who want to lease the property to the tenant themselves. Popular sites for finding a home include Daft, MyHome and Rent.ie. Daft and MyHome both offer long-term and short term rentals as well as houses for sale. Spotahome is another increasingly popular option.

Letting agents

You can also find accom­mod­at­ion through estate agents. You will want to look for agents who specialise in lettings. Savills and Sherry Fitzgerald are some of the most well known estate agents in Ireland and are a good place to start if you’re looking to rent a family home.

Fur­nished or unfurnished?

Almost all of the apart­ments and houses for rent in Ireland come fur­nished. This will save you trying to fit it out large furniture and appliances unless you really want to!

Book­ing deposit

In comparison to other countries, booking deposits are generally quite low. It is usu­ally one month’s rent plus a month secur­ity deposit.  The security deposit is returned when you leave the house providing it is left in good con­di­tion.

Tenancy agreements

When you rent a house from a landlord, you’ll usually sign a tenancy agreement, also known as a lease. This is a legal binding contract between you and the landlord stating how long you will rent the house for.  A lease can be for any length of time; usually it’s for 6 or 12 months. It will state how much rent you’ll need to pay and other conditions. Make sure that the contract contains information on what will happen if either of you break the terms of the agreement.

What documents will I need to get a lease?

In order to get a lease, you usually need to provide a letter from your employer and/or reference from your previous landlord.

How much should I expect to pay?

The amount you pay on a house or apartment depends on the location. Rents are generally more expensive in Dublin than Cork. South Dublin is usually more expensive than North Dublin. You’ll pay more for homes close to good transport links such as the DART or LUAS lines. You could expect to pay at least €1,000 per month in Dublin and €700 in Cork for a one bedroom apartment. A family house will cost considerably more but again the price will vary depending on the location.