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Rent a Room Scheme could ease student accommodation crisis - Doherty

24 January, 2008


Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Senator Pearse Doherty has called on Education Minister Mary Hanafin to initiate a promotional campaign to highlight the 'Rent a Room Scheme' which allows people to rent a room for up to €10,000 tax free.

The Donegal Senator said this scheme could help with the lack of student accommodation and called on people from his own constituency living in Dublin and other college based centres to use this scheme to open up their homes and help students from Donegal to find accommodation.

Speaking today Senator Doherty said, "Last week the Union of Students in Ireland called on the Government to establish a task force on student accommodation. The critical shortage of housing in Ireland is putting severe pressure on students trying to find accommodation.

"While I want to support the call from the USI I would also call on the Minister to initiate a promotional campaign to highlight the Rent a Room Scheme which has the potential to ease the accommodation crisis for students.

"The Rent a Room Scheme allows home owners to rent out rooms in their homes for up to €10,000 per year tax free. This scheme is currently in place yet it is not very well known of and needs to be promoted.

"I would call on people from Donegal who are living in Dublin to use this scheme to open up their homes to fellow county men and women who are studying in Dublin and finding it hard to find accommodation." ENDS

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