Finding an appropriate place to reside upon your arrival in Ireland is one of the most crucial initial steps in getting settled. Initially, it is advisable to consider staying in short-term lodging for a month or two to allow yourself time to adapt to your new job and become familiar with the local area. Once you have identified the area you prefer to live in, begin your search for suitable accommodation.
Security Deposit: You will need to provide an upfront deposit, typically equivalent to one or possibly two months’ rent.
Rent: Rent is usually paid on a monthly basis, and you will also be required to pay the first month’s rent in advance. Ensure you have sufficient funds available for this purpose.
Utilities: Typically, tenants are responsible for covering the cost of utilities. When planning your budget and determining how much rent you can afford, remember to include the expenses for utilities. For those living in flats, there might be a fixed monthly amount for some utilities, while in other cases, you may need to arrange and pay for them yourself.
Common utilities you can expect to pay for in Ireland include:
Electricity or gas, or both
Annual TV license (required by the Irish government if you own a TV)
Parking (if you plan to buy a car)
Contents insurance (optional) – your personal belongings will not be covered under the standard rental agreement
Internet and phone services (optional)
Subscription-based pay TV (optional)
Mobile phone services (optional)
Step 2: Identifying Your Desired Features in Rental Accommodation
Create a list of essential features or amenities you desire in your rental property, such as a bathtub or a dishwasher. Each individual has different needs, but to help you get started, I have developed a Property Checklist. Additionally, I have compiled a list of expectations for rental properties in Ireland.
Step 3: Selecting Your Preferred Location
The best way to identify your favorite and affordable areas is to visit them personally and explore on foot or by bicycle. Take note of the available bars, restaurants, parks, gyms, and supermarkets in the vicinity. Create your own list of desirable locations to live near.
When you find your preferred area(s), it’s essential to visit them in the evening as well to gauge their safety. Engage in conversations with locals to gather insights about the area’s livability.
Step 4: Organizing Your Documentation
To apply for a rental property, you will need to provide several documents. Prepare these in advance and carry them with you when viewing properties, allowing you to promptly submit your application for your preferred property as soon as you find it.
Ensure you have copies of the following documents:
Identification, such as your driver’s license, Personal Public Service Number (PPSN), identity card, or passport
Previous rental references
Work reference from your current employer
Evidence of your current employment and income
If you are searching for accommodation in a highly sought-after area, carry these documents with you to every viewing so that you can quickly submit your application and beat the competition.
Step 5: Property Search
Properties are typically rented out by property managers or owners. To view a property, follow the instructions provided in the advertisement. Some agents may assign you a specific viewing time, so ensure that you arrive promptly.
After viewing a few properties, you will start to get a sense of the available options and what you can expect within your budget.
The following websites are excellent resources for initiating your search for rental properties:
Long-Term Rental Accommodation in Ireland:
There are several websites that can assist you in finding long-term lease properties. Here are a few examples: