It’s a tough time to be a renter.
As the latest Daft.ie survey reveals that renters in Cork city are now paying an average of €1768 per month– up 15 percent on last year – a local budgeting advice service is encouraging anyone who is struggling to get in touch.
As the cost of living continues to soar, South Munster MABS (Money and Budgeting Advice Service) is already seeing an increase in people contacting them with concerns about covering their rent.
“The renting crisis is very real, and a real source of stress for many,” said Ursula Collins, Regional Manager, South Munster MABS.
“However, we have a very defined process to offer support to people who are worrying about staying on top of their rent.”
How does it work?
Firstly, the team would look at your income and outgoings to ensure that you know all their rights and entitlements, such as tax credits and entitlement to HAP, or Rent Supplement.
“For those who are worried about the ongoing rent crisis, we would work with them to create a budget, taking a full financial picture, with the aim of streamlining payment plans of current debts, and where savings, however small, can be made,” added Collins.
“If they are already in arrears, we can help here too by supporting them to create a clear and straightforward payment plan and can help them by acting as their representative and can lobby services on your behalf.
The most important thing is that you come to us sooner rather than later, we are here to help you without judgement, for free and in confidence, online or in person.”
MABS can be reached by phone at 0818 07 2000 or in person by visiting the North Main Street office between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.