Housing Costs / Utilities

There are a number of other costs associated with renting a home in Ireland:

Electricity & Gas

A guide to opening a gas or electricity account is available here:


Water charges are currently suspended. This means that you do not have to pay for water at this time.

Refuse Collection & Recycling

Household waste is normally collected on a weekly basis, by a private waste company. Different coloured bins are for different types of waste. A black bin is usually for general waste, a green bin for recycling and a brown bin for food and bio waste.

Costs for bin charges vary. You will need to contact the refuse collection service in your area to find about payment plans or a waiver, if you are a low income household.

If you live in an apartment, bin charges are normally covered by service charges paid by the owner or landlord.

TV licence

Every household, business or institution in Ireland with a television or equipment capable of receiving a television signal (for example an aerial, satellite dish or cable) must have a television licence.

You must pay your TV licence every year.

TV licence inspectors travel throughout the country to check that you have a TV licence. If you do not have a licence you could face a fine of approximately €1000.

For more information go to: www.tvlicence.ie

Broadband, Phone & TV

There are a number of different broadband, phone and internet providers in Ireland.

There are big variations in price, it is important to shop around to get the deal that works best for you. Details of these service providers can be sourced through the internet.

You can also price comparison websites on the internet.

Shared Accommodation

In shared accommodation, where people rent rooms individually in a house, people generally share the cost of their household bills.