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Students’ Union Issues Plea to Former Airbnb Hosts

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Students’ Union Issues Plea to Former Airbnb Hosts

With the introduction of new regulations for short-term letting in “rent pressure zones” this week NUI Galway Students’ Union are asking Galway homeowners who rented rooms on platforms such as Airbnb to consider renting to students instead. The new regulations have been introduced to address the impact on the private rental market using residential homes for short-term tourism type letting in areas of high housing demand.

Landlords can rent out rooms in their homes to students tax-free up to a cap of €14,000 per annum under the Rent a Room Scheme. This remains unchanged and landlords can also advertise their accommodation for free on the NUI Galway accommodation website www.nuigstudentpad.ie. The option is also available to just rent a room for one semester to a visiting student if homeowners are unsure about getting into a long-term arrangement

President of NUI Galway Students’ Union Clare Austick said “We are asking landlords to advertise their accommodation through the www.nuigstudentpad.ie websites ASAP so that students can secure housing now rather than having to wait until the week before lectures begin. This will provide steady tax-free income for homeowners and a home for NUI Galway students who contribute so much to the local economy. The lack of accommodation here in Galway City has become a serious issue putting access to education at risk for many students.”

Brandon Walsh Students’ Union VP/Welfare & Equality Officer added “We are already inundated with queries from students looking for accommodation. There are also a huge number of visiting students that will just be attending NUI Galway for one semester, September to December or January to May, who are desperately in need of accommodation. We would encourage anyone with a spare room to strongly consider renting to a student as soon as possible.”

Pictured (Left to Right): Cameron Keighron (SU VP/Education Officer) Clare Austick (SU President), Brandon Walsh (SU VP/Welfare & Equality Officer)