Use the videos below to learn how to carry out various functions on the Room For Rent website.
Your Account and Profile
Adding a listing
Edit listing address
Edit Your Calendar
Room For Rent want happy hosts and guests
The items shown here are designed to show the most common questions and answers for both hosts and guests.
Of course there will be many unique questions which you may have and you can contact us at our Contact Us page with any queries which aren’t answered here.
What is Room For Rent?
Room For Rent is a natural progression from our parent organisation, Host Family Dublin Ireland.
Host Family Dublin Ireland began in 2017 when founder, Marica Killi, noticed the huge demand for safe, comfortable accommodation for foreign students visiting Ireland.
Since then it has grown into an Agency that looks after thousands of students from all corners of the globe, travelling to Dublin and Ireland to study, work or experience the culture.
Room For Rent is a service that has been designed to expand on our experience hosting second level students and allows 18+ guests visiting Ireland to search for the homestay room of their choice, in a location which is convenient for their place of study, internship or work.
How is Room For Rent different from other similar services?
Room For Rent has taken a completely different approach to the offerings from other websites in this space.
Our model is fair and clear right from the start. As a host the service we provide is 100% FREE. It costs nothing to create an account and offer your room to guests.
Room For Rent charges the guest a booking fee of €125 irrespective of the length of stay. Payment for the room and any extras that a host may offer is made directly to the host by the guest during their stay.
The booking fee that a guest pays is only charged after the room availability has been confirmed so there is zero risk using the Room For Rent service.
How do I create an account?
At the top of every page on the Room For Rent app you will find the Register button.
When you click on Register you can sign up as a host (I want to host a room) or guest (I want to book a room).
You can register using email, Facebook or your Google account.
Registering is free.
Who can register as a host?
Anyone can register as a host.
Once a host has registered they can then create a listing for the space they have available.
Every listing must be approved by Room For Rent.
If a listing is added by a host who is new to Room For Rent we will contact them to make sure that they are a bona fide host who is entitled to list their space, before the listing goes live.
Where you see the verified sign this means one of The Host Family Team has called to the host and viewed their home to ensure it meets our clean, comfortable and affordable requirements.
What's expected from room For Rent hosts?
Room For Rent want to ensure that guests have an enjoyable visit which is easy and profitable for hosts.
All hosts should:
- Have a well maintained, clean home
- Provide wifi and offer a warm welcome to your guest on arrival
- Provide information, or even better – show your guest nearest bus stop, station etc.
- Allow reasonable access to the kitchen and laundry facilities where applicable
When we place student guests who are under the age of 18, we would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to outline what’s expected of you as a host and to answer any questions.
Well taken, clear photos of your room and communal areas will make your listing much more attractive to potential guests.
What's expected when hosting students under 18?
If an unaccompanied guest is under the age of 18 the host must be Garda Vetted, either through Room For Rent or through the Agent or Language School who is sourcing the room. Room For Rent will also carry out a home visit giving us the opportunity to meet with you and answer any questions you might have.
What happens if my circumstances change and I have to cancel a booking for an expected or existing guest?
If your circumstances change and you can no longer continue to offer your room to guests you can log-in to your personal user area and remove your listing completely or block out the dates during which you cannot host.
If a guest is already staying with you when your circumstances change we ask you contact Room For Rent. Where possible we would ask that you give a minimum of one weeks notice. Room For Rent will then use our extensive database of available properties to find a suitable alternative for your guest.
What house rules can I implement?
It’s your home and your house rules.
When adding your listing make sure that you list all your important house rules in the relevant section.
Please explain your house rules, either in person or in writing to your guest on arrival so that everybody understands what is expected.
Should I give my guest a key?
For long term stays we recommend that you provide a key for your guests unless there is always somebody available at the property to allow entry.
You should go through your opening and locking procedures with your guest including setting your alarm where applicable.
Can I charge a security deposit?
It’s up to you. If you charge a refundable security deposit make sure that you enter this information in the appropriate section for your listing.
What about tax and insurance?
Your individual tax obligations vary based on your circumstances.
Room For Rent recommend that you ensure you understand your obligations or consult a tax professional to get more detailed information.
In general, the money you earn as a host on Room For Rent is usually considered taxable income. This may be subject to different taxes like rental tax, income tax, or VAT depending on your individual circumstances. You can check with the Revenue Commissioners if you need to declare the income you earn from hosting. You may be eligible for tax reliefs and allowances.
Income that hosts earn by renting a room for residential purposes in an individual’s sole or main residence that does not exceed €14,000 in a year may be subject to a relief from income tax and other fiscal obligations as long as certain conditions are satisfied. Again you should check with a tax professional if this applies in your specific circumstances.
Short-term rental income from occasional visitors does not qualify for the relief because the accommodation is being used as a guest accommodation rather than a residential purpose.
You should ensure that you have adequate insurance for hosting guests. Your insurer or broker will be able to determine what kind of obligations, limits, and coverage are required for your specific circumstances.
You should review your homeowners insurance policy to make sure your listings have adequate liability coverage and property protection.
What's expected from room For Rent guests?
You’re expected to have a friendly, comfortable and safe stay.
Room For Rent want to ensure that guests have an enjoyable visit.
All guests should:
- Communicate regularly with hosts once your booking has been confirmed
- Never be worried about asking questions before you arrive. Room For Rent and your host want to make your trip as easy as possible
- Adhere to house rules which are there to make the experience a happy one for all parties
- Make all agreed payments on time during your stay
- Let Room For Rent and your host know as soon as any changes in your circumstances which will impact on your stay
What payment methods are accepted?
Once a booking request has been approved we accept payment of the booking fee using any of the following methods:
- Bank Transfer
- Payment card over the phone
Can I use more than one payment method to pay for a booking?
Yes. You can use whatever payment method or methods you like to pay the booking fee.
Payment for your stay is made directly to the host and you should request information from them regarding their accepted payment methods.
Can I make changes to a booking request?
Yes. If the booking has not yet been confirmed you can simply withdraw your booking request.
If you want to alter your request in some way (change dates, change location, etc.) you can contact Room For Rent via our contact page.