Cinque Terre FAQ's
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Becoming a Host
Who can become a host?

Almost anyone can become a host! ​

You ​just ​need to ​have a​t least one​ room​ to let in your house on a 7 days a week basis. This room needs to be​ equipped with a standard ​single or double bed and should have storage space, such as a wardrobe.

Outside of that we look for hosts who are truly willing to make the students feel welcome in sharing your home.  

Please note that we currently operate our services in Dublin, Cork and Galway (Limerick; coming soon!) so your house needs to be located in one of those cities.

Which cities and areas do you cover?

We currently operate our services in Dublin, Cork and Galway city, on a 20 km circus from the city centre of each city. It is important to note that public transport must be accessible by foot from your house.

We are excited to announce that we will soon be operating in Limerick! We expect to be in Limerick by the middle of 2019, so you can go ahead and apply now if you live in Limerick!  

How can I prepare to host?

All you need to do is to make sure your room is ready to receive your first student. Each room should be equipped with a duvet, pillows and 2 sets of bed linen. WiFi needs to be installed and ready to use as it is a really important and necessary feature for our students.

If you have enough space, you can also make available a free shelf in your fridge and space in your kitchen cupboard, for the sole use of the student.   

We will take care of the rest for you. We have set up House Rules and terms and conditions to help you, as well as providing you with all the documents you and your student will need. Also, you will benefit from the support of our team if you have any questions or need any help at any stage of your host journey.

Is Hosting Power free for hosts?

Yes, we truly value your work as a host welcoming students, so, unlike most agencies, Hosting Power is 100% free for hosts.

We will also take professional pictures of your home for free and we don't take any commission on your rent.

Do I need to provide breakfast or meals?

Not at all! Our students are self-sufficient and so they will buy their own food and cook their own meals.

Using the kitchen, students will need to respect the House Rules set-up in place (that we will provide), such as leaving the kitchen clean after use.

Do I need to have a WiFi connection in the house?

Yes, having internet access is really important for students as they might do online work in the evening! Therefore, a reliable WiFi connection must be available for them at all times.

How can I choose the rent I will charge?

One of our Property Managers will contact you to discuss your application. We are experts on the Irish rental market so we will help you to choose the right rent for your room. Please apply now via the direct link to get a quote: www.hostingpower.ie/hostHome

Also, please note that Hosting Power promotes a fair rent policy for both hosts and students, so you can't request a rent higher than the current market price.  

How much is the rent? 

The rent will vary according to some criteria and is currently between €110 and €220 per week in Dublin; between €90 and €160 per week in Cork €80; and between €80 and €150 per week in Galway. 

Self-contained units go up to €260  per week in Dublin, €200 for Cork and €190 for Galway.

Please apply via www.hostingpower.ie/hostHome for an exact quote!

How is the rent calculated?

The rent for the room or self-contained unit you want to let is calculated according to 4 pieces of criteria which are; the type of bed offered (single or double), the type of bathroom (shared or private bathroom), distance to the nearest University and the current Market Price.

Please apply via www.hostingpower.ie/hostHome to get an exact quote from one of our experts!  

Currently, the rent varies between €110 and €220 per week in Dublin; between €90 and €160 per week in Cork, and between €80 and €150 per week in Galway.

It is important to note that Hosting Power promotes a fair rent policy for both hosts and students, so you can't request a rent higher than the current market price.  

What does the rent cover?

The rent you will receive will cover everything, including the room you are letting to the student and all the bills (electricity, gas, WiFi...). 

As a host, you can't charge additional fees to the student but it is important to note that students will buy for their own food and utilities such as toiletries, washing powder etc...).
 

Do you create House Rules for me?

Yes, House Rules are really important to ensure that both hosts and students enjoy the hosting experience so we have created our House Rules from feedback from hundreds of hosts. This has enabled us to create the perfect House Rules covering everyday situations while you are hosting, from the use of the kitchen to the payment of the rent when your student is away. 

Once you accept a booking, you and your student will receive a copy of those House Rules. You can also review our terms and conditions, where they are mentioned. 
 

Do you provide professional support to hosts?

Yes we do! Our team is available for you from the time of the booking until your student is leaving. If you have any questions or need any help, we are here.

Also, we will provide you with all the professional documents you need, such as House Rules, the Deposit Form or the Student Payment Schedule.
 

Why do I need to give my contact details to apply?

We need your contact details as one of our Property Managers will contact you by phone or email to discuss your application and reply to any questions you may have.

Also, your exact address is required as we calculate the rent according to your exact location.

Please rest assured that Hosting Power will never share your contact details and will not send promotional emails or spam.

What regulations apply to hosts in Ireland?

If you rent out a room (or rooms) in your home to private tenants, the rental income you earn will be exempt from income tax, provided this income does not exceed the limit of 14 000 euros in a tax year.

This scheme is called “the rent-a-room relief” scheme. The occupants must be using the room on a long-term basis. So, renting a room to a student for the academic year or for a one-month course is covered, which is the case of all our students!

Please note that a self-contained unit, such as a basement flat or a converted garage attached to your home, can also qualify for this relief.

Do you have any restrictions about what can be listed?

Yes, for the comfort of the student we can only accept private rooms equipped with ​a standard single or double bed. It means that we do not accept rooms that are equipped with a bunk bed or sofa bed, for example.

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Your Listing
How do I get a listing on Hosting Power?

It’s easy and free to get a listing on Hosting Power, it all starts with your online application completed in 3 short steps. 

You will find the application form at www.hostingpower.ie/hostHome

Please start by indicating your Email Address and click on Submit. 

On the next screen, please fill in your First and Last Name, Your Phone Number and Your Exact Address and click Submit.

On the last screen, you can also add more information such as your description, but don't worry if you don’t have enough time: it is not mandatory at this stage! 

Accept the terms and conditions, click “Apply Now” and your are done!

You will then be contacted shortly by one of our Property Managers to discuss your application.

Please note that Hosting Power will never share your details and won’t send any promotional emails or spam.  
 

When will you contact me after I apply?

We usually contact you by phone within 2 working days. The Property Manager will go through your application with you and make sure to reply to all the questions you may have.

If we can't reach you by phone, we will send you an email so you can reply telling us the most suitable time for us to reach you.

If you are interested in working with us, we will then schedule an appointment at your home to take photographs.

Will you send me a professional photographer?

Yes, after the initial contact by phone with our Property Manager, we will send a professional photographer to your home, free of charge.

This appointment lasts about 20 minutes and we will take pictures of all the rooms you will be sharing with your student so it will include the student's room, bathroom and the kitchen.

Are the professional photographs free of charge?

Yes, all our services are free of charge for hosts, so we will take professional pictures of your home for free too!

How should I prepare for the visit of the professional photographer?

You just need to make sure that the student's room is ready to be photographed and that it is in the same state that it will be in when your first student arrives. The bed and bedroom furniture need to be in the room and the bed needs to be made with bed linen on it.

We will also photograph all the rooms that you will be sharing with your student, such as the bathroom and the kitchen, so please make sure these spaces look their best for the pictures!

When will my listing be ready?

Your listing will be ready within a maximum of a few days after the visit at your home. We will then begin advertising your room immediately!

Is my listing’s address visible on Hosting Power?

Never! You don't need to worry as your privacy is very important to us!

On your listing, only your general area will appear (ie: “Marino, Dublin 3”) so no one can find out your exact address.

How will my listing’s location be shown on your website?

Your listing will indicate the area you are living in (ie: “Marino, Dublin 3”) . Also a map is available on each listing and a pin shows the area too, but not your exact address.  

Therefore, your privacy is fully protected as no one can view your exact address.

How do I add a description to my listing?

A detailed description is really important as students need to know a little bit about you, your home and your location to feel comfortable booking your room.

You can provide us with your description as soon as you apply or after your chat with our Property Manager.

We will help you to create a great description and will provide you with an example too.

Can I choose the gender of my students?

Yes, if you feel more comfortable with a specific gender you can choose to restrict your listing.

For example, we can set up your listing to ‘females only’, so only female students will book your room.

How do I make dates available or blocked for my room?

You have full control over the availability dates of your room!

All you need to do is inform us about the period your room will be or will not be available and we will set up your listing accordingly.

What do the different types of rooms mean?

We advertise single or double rooms according to the type of bed you are offering. We will also mention if the bathroom will be shared or if the student will have private use it.

If you have a self-contained unit, which means that the unit you rent includes at least a bed, a bathroom and a kitchen within the same private unit for the student, we will advertise it as a studio.

How can I be sure that students can see my listing?

We always make sure that your listing is available on our website for the period you want to rent.

You can have a look directly on our website, all you need to do is to select the availability dates of your room and you will see your listing in the search results.

If you have any doubts, you can also contact us at anytime!

How do I pause my listing?

Had a last minute change, meaning your room is no longer available for a period of time? No problem!

All you need to do is to inform us and we can temporarily deactivate your listing until your room is available again.

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Your Bookings
Who are the students I will be hosting?

With Hosting Power you are guaranteed​ to only host students. These students are ​busy and self-sufficient international students, who are ​coming to Ireland to study in a school, college or university; or to work in a company as part of an internship.

All our students are aged between 18 and 27 years old.

Do you verify the students before booking?

Yes we do a full student verification for you. ​​We always do an ID and credit card check.

In addition to that, we verify that their studies or internship in Ireland are already confirmed.  

How old are the students?

All our students are aged between 18 and 27 years old.

How long will the students stay at my home for?

Our students are booking for the full duration of their studies or internship in Ireland, which can be between 1 month minimum to 10 months maximum.

Please note that you will always know the exact duration requested by the student before you accept a booking!

What do I do after I get a request to book?

We will contact you as soon as we receive a booking request, and send you all the details.

All you need to do is confirm with us within 24 hours if you would like to accept or decline your booking request.

Do I have to accept every booking?

Not at all! You will always get the full details of the student, such as the duration requested and the student's profile, before you can accept or decline a booking request.

Why are hosts required to respond to a booking request within 24 hours?

We require you to respond within 24 hours as if you cannot accept the booking the student needs to know this as soon as possible so that they can go ahead and choose another room.

How can I be sure if a booking is confirmed?

When your booking is confirmed we will send you a detailed booking confirmation email.

It will include; the booking details, your student's contact details and all the professional documents you will need (such as the House Rules and Deposit Form).

When will I receive my first rent?

The rent is paid to you directly by your student, upfront and on a weekly basis, so you will get your first rent on the day your student arrives.

Please note that you will also receive a deposit payment from your student, on their day of arrival.

How often will I receive the rent?

Your rent will be paid to you directly by your student on a weekly basis, always on the same day.

If your student is checking in on a Tuesday, for example, you will be paid your first rent on the Tuesday of their arrival, and then every Tuesday thereafter.

Will I get a deposit?

Yes! You will get a 2 weeks deposit on the day your student arrives, paid to you directly by your student.

Please note that we will facilitate this by providing you with a Deposit Form so you can collect the deposit on your student's arrival, and return their deposit of their departure day.

What happens if my student cancels the booking?

In the unlikely event of a student's cancellation, we will re-advertise your room straight away to ensure no rent loss from your side.

What happens if my students goes on holidays during their stay?

The rent is still due for the full duration booked, so you will be paid the regular rent for periods when your student decides to go away on holidays.

How do I cancel a booking as a host?

If, unfortunately, you need to cancel a booking, all you need to do is contact us to inform us.

We will then manage everything for you, which includes contacting your student to inform them about the cancellation and find them an alternative accommodation.

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Common Questions
How can I contact Hosting Power?

If you want to apply to become a host, you can do so via the application form www.hostingpower.ie/hostHome. If you have any questions, you can contact us via email at info@hostingpower.ie

Also, once you are onboard as a host, you will get a direct line to contact us by phone. Please note that we usually reply to all queries within one working day.

Will you visit my house before we work together?

Yes, once you have applied and indicated that you are interested to host our students, we will schedule an appointment at your home.

This will be a 20 to 30 minute meeting. During this meeting we will take professional pictures of your home, this is free of charge for you.  

I have pets, is that a problem?

That's no problem at all, actually most of our students love pets!

We will mention it on your listing to make sure that students with pet allergies don't book your room.

Do your students ​all ​speak English?

Yes they do! Our students have at the very least, a basic level of English when they study in language schools, and actually most of our international students studying at University, have a really good command of English.

Do I need to provide a desk in the room?

Not necessarily! If you have a desk available that's great as it is important for some of our students to have one, but it is not mandatory.

If you have a desk, we will make sure that it is clearly indicated on your listing and visible in the pictures.

Do I need to give the student access to my living room?

It's up to you! You can share your living room, or keep it private for you and your family.

This will be clearly indicated on your listing description so the students know before booking.

​What are the rules the students need to respect to use of the kitchen?

Your student will use your kitchen to cook their own meals, and are expected to leave it in a clean state after use.

Also, your student will have restricted access to the kitchen at certain times of the day to allow everybody to cook, but you do need to give to your student sufficient access for them to prepare and eat their breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What about the cleaning of the student's room?

As it is their private room, the student will be solely responsible and expected to keep their room clean and tidy at all times.

Can I do inspections of the student's room during his/her stay?

Yes, it is possible to do an inspection to ensure that your student is keeping the room clean and tidy. But the privacy of your student is really important, so you need to give them 24 hours notice to warn them that you want to inspect the room.

What about the cleaning of the common rooms?

You can​ ​request that the student participate in the cleaning of the shared areas, as long as it is divided in a fair way between all the people living in the house.

What about the student's laundry?

Your students are responsible for washing their personal clothes, towels and linen using the washing machine. To ensure that your washing machine is used the most economic way, the student is limited to 2 loads per week and you are entitled to set up specific times and rules relating to the washing machine as long as it is reasonable.

Also, having a dryer or permitting the use of your dryer is not mandatory. All you need to do is to allocate a space and clothes horse so your student can dry their clothes.

Is the student allowed to bring or consume alcohol in my home?

It is strictly forbidden for your student to consume or store any alcohol at your home at any time during their stay.

Also, as all our properties are non-smoking, your student won't be allowed to smoke inside your home, including in their private room.

What are the rules for smoking?

For health reasons, it is really important that your house is fully non smoking. If not, unfortunately, we won't be able to accept your application to become a host.

In the same way, your student won't be allowed to smoke inside your home. This is a strict rule and it includes their private room.

​Do I get to meet the student beforehand?

No, unfortunately this is not possible as the students are usually booking your room before they are physically in Ireland.

But don’t worry, this is why we do a full check on each booking request, including an ID check and a credit card check.

​Can you help me if I ​have an issue with my student?

Yes, we are available to help you if any issue or questions arise regarding your student.

If necessary​ we can always remind the student of the house rules. We will also provide you with professional material such as House Rules and Student Payment Schedule documents.​

Is the student allowed to bring a guest to the house?

No​. For the peace of mind and comfort of everyone, your student won't be allowed to bring anyone to the house at any time during their stay at your home.

Is there a low noise policy for student at night?

Yes. As part of the low noise policy at night, as for any inhabitant of the house your student will be also expected to be really careful to not make noise from 10 pm to 7 am. ​​​

Can I stop hosting the student before the end of the booked period?

​​​If, for ​unforeseen reason​, ​you​ can't host your student until the end of the agreed period, you just need to give ​a short notice and we will manage everything for you including finding another accommodation for your student.

Please note that ​​in the unlikely event of misconduct from the student, you can cease hosting immediately without any notice. ​

I have a twin room, can I have 2 students per room?

No, as our students are mature students over 18 years old and really busy with their studies or internship it is important for them to have their privacy. This is why we provide rooms on single occupancy only.​

​Can the student's room be equipped with a bunk bed or sofa bed?

No, the comfort of our busy students is really important, this is why we can only accept a standard single or double bed.

Can I rent my room on a 5 days a week basis only?

No, as we place exclusively international students, they will need your room to be available on a 7 days a week basis.

Can I be away on holidays during the student's stay?

Of course, everybody needs holidays! As our students are self sufficient, they can stay at your home even when you are away. You just need to be reachable by phone in case they have a question related to the house.​

Could I retain the deposit?

All deposits are supposed to be refunded to your student on their day of departure. But this deposit is also in place to protect you and you won't be required to refund it under certain circumstances, such as, if the student has caused any damage to the property.

Each circumstance under which you are allowed to keep the deposit will be clearly indicated on the Deposit Form document signed by you and the student and provided by Hosting Power at the time of the booking.

Do I need to pick the students up from the airport?

You can if you want to, it is always appreciated! But if it is not possible for you to do so, this is not a problem as our students are self sufficient and able to make their own way to your home. ​

Should I provide any documents or proof of address for my student?

No you won't need to! We will provide your students with any documents they may need for their stay in Ireland, so you don't need to worry about any of that.

Will I still receive the rent if my student is away on holidays?

Yes definitely. Your student may go away from Ireland from time to time but the rent is due for the entire duration of the time booked, including holidays such as Christmas.

Will I pay tax on the income I receive through the rent?

No, the great news is that the income you will make through the rent will be free of tax, provided this income does not exceed the limit of 14 000 euros in a tax year.

This tax relief is called the ‘rent-a-room relief scheme’ and works for rooms and self-contained units, such as a basement flat or a converted garage attached to your home. To be valid, the occupants must be using the room on a long-term basis, such as renting a room to a student for the academic year or for a one-month course, which is the case of all our students!

What is the Rent A Room Relief Scheme?

The Rent a Room Relief Scheme allows you to out a room (or rooms) in your home to private tenants tax free, provided this income does not exceed the limit of 14 000 euros in a tax year.

A self-contained unit, such as a basement flat or a converted garage attached to your home, can qualify for this relief.

The relief applies only to residential tenancies, not to short-term guest arrangements. The occupants must be using the room on a long-term basis. So, renting a room to a student for the academic year or for a one-month course is covered, which is the case of all our students!

Can I collect additional fees directly from my student?

No. The rent you will receive from your student will cover the rent of the room and all the bills such as electricity and WiFi.

It is important to note that you won't need to cover anything else for the student, as the student will buy their own food and all their own supplies, such as toiletries or washing powder, for example.