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Sloaniac
7/17/2019 12:42 EST

Hello,

My Irish born husband and I are moving to Ireland in December and while I feel confident about the visa process for myself, I am concerned about the ability to rent an apartment from the USA. I can not get a job in Ireland until I get my Stamp 4 and my husband will be flying back to the States to finish up his contract and to see our son through the rest of the school year. We have great rental history here that we can send as our refrence and excellent job references too. What will be expected of us beyond the usual first and last month deposit? I also own a company that brings small group tours to Ireland. Can I use that as my income even though I am the owner of the company and will be self refrencing? Thanks!

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dpl434
7/25/2019 06:17 EST

It is difficult to rent from the USA. When we started the process all the letting agents told us the best thing would be for us to get a BNB for a month and then you can go to the open viewings and introduce yourself to the letting agents. Highly recommend you sign up with daft.ie and property.ie to start seeing what is available in the area you are interested in. Properties come up all the time and are snapped up. You will need references, so have copies with you.
We were lucky. A letting agent I had met on email remembered me and opened a property for us to view. We rented in less than a week of arriving.
Good luck.

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Joshuak
7/25/2019 09:03 EST

It is not advisable to try to rent an apartment without being here in person to see first if it is not a scam because someone is renting something (or nothing) that they do not own. And second the agent can ask questions for you to convince him/her you will be reliable renter. Not all estate agents have been known to be reliable as well. AS has been noted many time here on the forum, properties come and go fast so sometimes procrastinating is not possible.

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dbarnwell
7/26/2019 15:44 EST

Sloaniac:

You didn't say what part of Ireland you wish to go to. There is obviously a huge difference between renting in Dublin 4 and renting in Leitrim. I hear terrible stories about how the renter is exploited in Dublin. You might have forty people viewing a property. Some people apparently pass extra money to the agent, or offer to pay more than the landlord is asking for.

The Irish government has promoted too much immigration, with the result that the housing demand is higher than supply. You seem to know Ireland, from what you said. Don't rent site unseen, or send money in that scenario.

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Sloaniac
7/26/2019 20:57 EST

Thanks for your reply. I'll be near Dundalk and I need to have a place rented before I arrive. My in laws will be able to view it though so I feel okay there. I used to live in Northern Ireland so I am quite familiar but not with the rental process in the Republic. I'm just not sure what documents I'll need or how they will respond to my American references.

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dbarnwell
7/27/2019 14:54 EST

Sloaniac:

If you are in a position to pay a few months up front that always helps.

Also, why not live in Newry? Cost of living will be lower there, I suspect, and accommodation more plentiful.

And I like Newry, it has an Irish feel to it that many towns in the South have lost.

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