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I'm an EU citizen, so as far as I know I can relocate and apply for job in Ireland without needing a permit.

I have read a few places that in order to rent a home in Ireland, you need a reference from the previous landlord, a reference from the employer, and bank details to prove I can pay.

Since it will be my first home in a foreign country, I cannot get a reference from a previous landlord.

Regarding the employment, I would like to have a home first and establish a proof of address, before looking for a job if possible. So I cannot assume I have job by time I'm looking for apartment.

Regarding the money I have enough money to live for a year (or maybe two) based on the cost of living information I found on web (even if I'm a bit pessimistic). How can I prove I can pay? Is it enough if I can login to my online brokerage accounts or netbanks to show the money I have there? Or do I need something more official? Or is it required to have the money in the Irish bank?

  • No real info, but in similar situation in USA I was charged bigger (double) security deposit for the first year of my first rental. – Peter M. Dec 10 '18 at 23:42
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This is just based on my experience. I've lived in a few places around Ireland. But never in Dublin and there is a housing shortage there at the moment. The rules around renting are kind of lose so what one landlord wants and what another want will vary wildly.

I have never been asked for a reference from a previous landlord. I was asked for a reference from an employer once when I was signing a lease for a very expensive place (and probably didn't look like I could afford it). That was only once and I was dealing with a letting agency. Not having a job could be a problem but it depends on how you present it. If you say you're unemployed and just need a proof of address you'll seem poor and desperate but if you're chipper and say your an IT Manager that just moved here from Germany (for example) it will come across better.

They main thing they want to know is will you be a pain for them by damaging the place, not being able to pay or being generally high maintenance. When it comes to rules in Ireland things operate a little more on the intention of the rules rather than the letter. So if you don't have the exact document they're looking for but can show them something else that's usually fine.

Small landlords vs Letting agencies. There are pros and cons to each. Letting agencies are more officious but will generally stay out of your business. They may need more paperwork, they might clamp your car for instance. Small landlords will give your more wiggle room but may be nosy and often don't understand boundaries (I've come home to find them drinking tea in my kitchen for example) but depending on the person they may help you out with a lot and may be willing to overlook minor issues as long as your have a good relationship.

In both cases your should print out your bank statements and show them if there is any concern about having a job. citizensinformation.ie is a great resource and the people in their offices are very friendly and eager to help.

  • So basically what you are saying is that there are no straight ways to start life in Ireland, only bent ways? As far as I know one need a PPS to officially rent a home (register the tenancy at the RTB), but to get a PPS you need proof of address, catch 22. If that's true I need to reconsider if I want to move at all. We are in EU, we have right, but no opportunity, so much for free movement, pfff. – Calmarius Dec 19 '18 at 13:08
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    @Calmarius: From citizensinformation.ie/en/housing/renting_a_home/… "New tenancies must be registered within a month of the start of the tenancy." So the process is: sign a lease; use the lease as proof of address to obtain a PPS; register the tenancy. Not a problem. – Martin Bonner Dec 19 '18 at 13:36
  • @MartinBonner Tenancy contract is not a valid proof of address. – Calmarius Dec 19 '18 at 23:30
  • I don't know about the lease but letting agents have given me letters that were sufficient as proof of address several times. – Keith Loughnane Dec 20 '18 at 9:01
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    That is a link for banks. The rules for obtaining a PPS include "Property lease or tenancy agreement" as a valid proof of address. – Martin Bonner Dec 20 '18 at 11:37

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