It's no fun and certainly not easy renting in Ireland if you are trying to attain adequate, stable and ordinary shelter to a level that might be fitting of a simple life.
So you have to be more flexible and adaptive keeping options open to strategise on a needs be / needs must basis and follow through on what opportunities present themselves. I do understand it can not be that for everyone due the physical, economic and geogprahical limits (must attributable to corruption and incompetence) but to acquire that mental framework helps to deal with the emotional and economic illiteracy as it tries to climb it's way up to the light by clawing it's eyes out.
So I refrained form posting this last year but I guess I'll throw in my own personal experience for the fact things are still majorly malfunctional.
I find myself back to house sharing in my mid-late 30's. Just like I was when I started this forum with a few changes and upgrades. Don't get me wrong I enjoy it and have done it for many years previous.
On a positive I've managed to reduce my rent by 40% but you incur other costs (unconscionable previously but now a matter of needs must) for so many other reasons certain expectations you bin. There are things you get from sharing that sometimes outweigh what you might have lost. Overall I'm actually sum happier in total. We're all one tribe in the end.
For many though it would probably represent at an anecdotal measure of how nuts it's out there and a line too far thus I offer in that vein but I may simpler be too outlier to be of much use. So I'll anecdote away.
I do my best not to entertain the nuts and their nut burger plans and it has had a monetary cost probably incalculable at this point. Beyond that is physically leaving. That's something I simply don't want to do right now. I'm actually very much happier. Life is suppose to be magic in my book and you know living by some unauthoured and arbitrary economic measure never made sense to Open Window, i.e. I'm only offering insight I'm not preaching my pamphelt.
Everyone has to live their life and that's all I'm trying to do as are the majority of people. Trying to live a life by what you expect life should be is often much harder if not impossible to achieve because those expectation are preyed on and if they majority are fixated by an impossible idea there is very little appetite to snap out of the spell as many know all to well here. It is not until they individually decided to wake up to their life can we expect to see the idea vapourise.
Path of least resistance and all that is my motto.
So the same rental and overall property meltdown that moved me to establish the forum as a mental refuge and place to exchange insight over the madness at hand, has, not gone away and is perceptibly worse because a subset of the managerial class who run the place refuse to allow others live their lives and learn their life lessons and many did vote for it yes, before this they mostly managed the denial now they actively manage the bubble. Though there is never a wrong time to start learning / doing the right thing it's testing to see car crash after car crash. However you can distance by slotting into your life and not someone else's.
Clearly the insitutional derived denialisim has a temporal material price. You do your best to mitigate it's clawing and pawing at your doorstep.
The ranks of people who are in more precarious living arrangements than they ever imagined they would be have certainly grown within our own families and circles of friends.
I've starting to imagining living with wheels under my bed some days. For me that's a design challenge not a crusty encampment. It's not full circle we are but spiralling past the graveyard.
From observations my guess is an huge influx of migrants arriving on a rotational basis as the Irish Gov allow a new originating jurisdiction easy entry is keeping accommodation full.
Rent Allowance functions as a stealth market control that maintains an unnatural floor on rents.
NAMA has taken supply and masked or removed it for far too long.
The generous if not world first forbearance of mortgage and investment mortgage arrears on a multi annual basis is simply being passed on to the existing fish in the proverbial bonsai barrel.
It's actually dire if you stop to let it all in or out, but quietly dire it is so. People are jaded or simply not here anymore. Energy is put too survival. Time for dreaming (the thing that gets us out of dodge) is murdered by ignorance and arrogance to order.
Yet I've never been happier and felt the gifts of life's infinite potential can rain down and soak the dry land of despair into a place we might only dream of. If you asked me why. I'd say what I wrote already. I'm doing my best to live my life in the greater story with the rest of your crazy nutburgers.