Students given 'rent book' advice

Students given 'rent book' advice

A new book outlining the pitfalls of renting has been launched for college students on the hunt for accommodation.

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) said its Rent Book is an invaluable resource for young adults who got their place in university yesterday.

The booklet includes digested information on their rights and obligations as tenants and also includes top tips on renting.

USI President John Logue said it is one of USI’s most important publications.

“Our aim is to inform students of their rights when dealing with landlords and letting agencies and to give them advice on living away from home,” he said.

“Students should not be intimidated when dealing with accommodation issues.

“They should be confident that their student representatives have provided them with the best possible information.

“The Rent Book’s checklists provide students with a simple way to ensure that they have a stress-free renting experience.”

Almost 50,000 third-level applicants received offers of university courses yesterday, with record numbers of students and a 25-point bonus scheme in honours maths pushing points up in science and technology.

By 5pm more than 21,000 had accepted their college place online.

The Central Applications Office (CAO) said applicants have until next Monday to accept their first offer either online or by post. Then second round offers will be made.

The USI Rent Book is sponsored by the Private Residential Tenancies Board and will be launched by Senator Aideen Hayden, chair of national housing charity Threshold.

It helps students manage their accommodation budget effectively by focusing on accommodation and related costs, such as commuter transport.

“When you’re dealing with something as important as where you live, it is vital to know what your rights are, how best to ensure that your deposit is protected and what are the minimum living standards that must be met,” added Senator Hayden.

“Taking the advice set out in the Rent Book will get any student off to a good start.

“This will encourage students to be aware of the pitfalls of renting and give them the confidence and useful tools to take steps to protect themselves.”

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