Almost anyone can become a host!
You just need to have at 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, all our services are free of charge for hosts, so we will take professional pictures of your home for free too!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
All our students are aged between 18 and 27 years old.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As it is their private room, the student will be solely responsible and expected to keep their room clean and tidy at all times.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, the comfort of our busy students is really important, this is why we can only accept a standard single or double bed.
No, as we place exclusively international students, they will need your room to be available on a 7 days a week basis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.