Maynooth student body appeals for more rooms to be rented

Ben Finnegan, the first Maynooth native to become President of the NUIM Students Union after he attended Maynooth Community Council.
The President of NUI Maynooth Students Union has appealed to householders in north Kildare to consider renting out rooms to students during term time to ease housing shortages.

The President of NUI Maynooth Students Union has appealed to householders in north Kildare to consider renting out rooms to students during term time to ease housing shortages.

“We have had huge issues with accommodation,” said Ben Finnegan.

“People who have rooms to rent to should consider it seriously,” he said.

Students seeking rooms are having difficulties.

There appears to be fewer properties to rent, for different reasons. Mr. Finnegan gave an example of one student who had had sorted out her accommodation in May but just recently got a call to say the house had been repossessed.

Mr. Finnegan said the price of renting is not as big an issue as the availability.

He pointed out that there are tax breaks for those renting rooms.

Explaining the reduced availability, he said banks are taking some houses and fewer people may want students living with them.

According the 2011 Census, Maynooth had 793 houses with only one occupant and 1,614 were rented.

Leixlp had 5,102 houses and 1,149 were rented. Over 680 had just one occupant.

He said that due to recession, there is not as much work available for student to help pay for their costs.

On the up side, though, the Students Union plans to create over twenty jobs from its own resources in the college.

- Henry Bauress