RENTAL CRISIS: the three-bed family search is unsuccessful

MARC Roosli and his partner Susan Coughlan are facing their second rental property move in 12 months.

The couple say the stress it causes has a huge negative impact on their daily lives. Marc runs his own business, Mirador Media, and employs three full-time people. The couple’s intention is to ultimately buy their own house, but there is nowhere for them to rent in the meantime.

Marc, originally from Switzerland, moved five years ago to Ballydehob, Susan’s hometown. Between them, they have four teenagers. They had rented a large family home in Kilcoe for four years before the pandemic, but after the first foreclosure the owner’s family moved out. “We received a lot of reviews and were treated very fairly, but when we started looking for a place in May we found it very difficult,” they said.

“ A lot of rental homes were used as Airbnbs all summer and it was difficult to get a commitment on long term rentals. We were offered a substandard house for € 900 per month that you might even have pneumonia, with wet patches and single glazing. It was so frustrating.

After a summer of searching, a friend stepped in and offered them temporary rental accommodation where they had been living since September, but that meant they had to spend two hours a day driving for school errands.

The couple are looking for a family home again with their current temporary.
housing having followed its course.

“There are still lower quality homes available, but quality rental is scarce or nonexistent, and by quality we mean dry and healthy homes,” they said.

‘With all the emphasis on property in Ireland, there is no real goal at government level to provide long-term tenants with secure accommodation, and with the lack of supply and increasing the demand for homes to buy – the rental housing stock is quickly depleting. Susan added. “There needs to be more control and regulations put in place to ensure a sufficient level of rental property and to ensure that what is available meets basic requirements.

‘We believe the pandemic has accelerated an existing problem in West Cork, where most rental accommodation is short-term rentals, available only out of season and property is largely inaccessible even on average income. The few homes that were traditionally long-term rented are now on the market to meet growing demand in the area.

The couple say there is nothing unique about them: ‘We are looking for a three bed family home in any part of West Cork but it is not there. ”

This is the second part of a series on the rental crisis in West Cork. Read part one here.

Read part three on Wednesday.

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