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Outrage as sofa bed 'in kitchen' for rent at €775pm logo 01/04/2023 Evoke Staff

The critical state of the rental market has been underlined by a new listing that appears to advertise a sofa bed in a kitchen for almost €800 a month.

An apartment in the Ivy Exchange, Dublin, offered prospective tenants a couch in the middle of a kitchen/living room, for €775 a month plus bills.

The letting was shared on Instagram by Ciarán Mulqueen’s Crazy House Prices, who questioned where tenants would store their belongings.

He wrote: ‘Just the €775/m plus bills to sleep on a couch in someone’s kitchen. What do you do if you have belongings, like y’know, clothes? Where do you put them? In the fridge?’

While many of his followers were baffled by the listing and questioned how landlords can get away with this kind of thing, others said they'd seen worse.

One person wrote, 'Who needs privacy,' while another added: 'Nothing better than your house mate cooking mackerel in your bedroom.'

'"This wouldn't be terrible if it was a private studio" … it pains me that my brain was allowed think that,' a third added. The now deleted advertisement has highlighted the difficulties in the Dublin property market as the eviction ban comes to an end today.

Recently a Rathmines studio apartment was priced at €4,000 per month. The price has since dropped to €1,500 a month, after it provoked outrage.

People queueing for houses. Pic: Sam Boal/ © Provided by People queueing for houses. Pic: Sam Boal/

The outrage over the listing comes as the number of pensioners in emergency accommodation has jumped by over a third in the last year, forcing many into homeless hostels as local councils struggle to house them.

The temporary eviction ban lapsed at midnight last night, just as shocking new figures revealed a worrying trend in the number of older people accessing homelessness services.

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There are now 180 people over the age of 65 in emergency accommodation, up 36 per cent from 132 at the same time last year.

Homelessness charities and Opposition parties last night pleaded, again, with the Government to revisit the decision to let the temporary eviction ban end.


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