If you’ve been following our episodes, you probably already saw the part where we wore ridiculous, large green Guinness hats to make our announcement that we’re moving to Dublin. Yea – that episode. How could anyone forget?!
Our plan for this move was for me to move to Dublin first, start working at my new job, and, once we had enough money saved up, Danielle and the dogs would fly from Poland to join me in the emerald isle. We estimated this would take us a month, at most. Of course, as most of our adventures usually turn out, things haven’t gone as planned.
After being nearly homeless after my second night in Dublin, I ended up finding a shared house where I would stay temporarily while I saved up some money. The house is in a highly desirable neighborhood and the rent is 300 EUR/month. So, what’s the catch?
The Catch: a total of 24 people live in this 2 and a half story house.
You might ask yourself, how is that even possible? Is it even legal? Well, I don’t know if it’s legal but here’s how it’s done.
- You make sure there are only two bathrooms available in the entire house. Anything more would be at the expense of another room where you could probably fit 2 or 3 beds. It’s all about the
- Convert each and every room possible into a bedroom – yes, even that gorgeous large living room with two beautiful fireplaces and a bay window. Stick a piece of drywall down the middle of the room and, boom, two bedrooms where you could 4 beds in each. Cha ching!
- Stick the Dominican guy playing Latin music all the time in with the Malaysian one who never leaves his room for more than 30 minutes a day. What could possibly go wrong?
- Finally, do not hire anyone to clean the house periodically. Let the Dominican guy do it so everyone can enjoy his Latin music and incredible singing skills while he cleans.
Tenants will be sure to enjoy a lovely 5 star experience of bathroom queues every morning and night, up to 4 or more people cooking in the kitchen at any time, no privacy, and a house that’s never clean. After all, when you live with such a diverse group of 24 internationals, why bother doing anything else that doesn’t involve them too?!?!
Fortunately, I moved out of that house 12 days ago because after applying and giving my references to about 10 apartments (I lost count!), we FINALLY landed our own place.
In Dublin, landlords require references from previous landlords and a reference from your current employer. They also want to see you in person at the viewing and interview you a bit. Once you’ve done all of that, they pick who they think is the most “qualified” person to live in the apartment/house. Many times you will also be competing with other people as apartment viewings can sometimes have up to 100 candidates at the same viewing. No, that is not an exaggeration. Rarely are you ever the only person at an apartment/house viewing. In every sense, it’s a total landlord’s market right now.
Because of this whole process and trying to figure out how to get our dogs to Ireland, we’ve been unable to fully focus on bringing all of you content. However, that is soon about to change 🙂
TODAY I’ll be flying to Poland and then back to Dublin tomorrow with Danielle! We’ll be handing Fray and Molly over to a reputable pet relocation company who will take care of bringing them to Ireland. I’m so excited! Finally, things are coming together.
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