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My life in a hotel room: Ireland’s hidden homeless crisis

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Laura, do you know where the bag with the antibiotics is?
00:17
Oh, here.
00:22
That’s one antibiotic.
00:27
Don’t know where the room key is.
00:31
Nuala and her daughter Laura are homeless.
00:34
For the last two weeks,
00:35
this hotel room has been their home.
00:38
I can never find this.
00:41
There is no normality.
00:45
It's the not knowing, the uncertainty,
00:47
the insecurity, despair.
00:50
What is going to become of you.
00:52
Then failure.
00:54
Inadequate parent.
00:56
And it just spirals out of control.
01:01
Getting up in the morning, getting ready,
01:06
that in itself you have to deem as an achievement
01:09
and sort of say, 'OK, well, you've done it today.'
01:15
More than 9.700 people across Ireland are living like this,
01:19
in emergency accommodation.
01:27
Now my daughter goes to college,
01:30
I make a point of getting up and dropping her in
01:33
because I would hate to think what I would become if I didn't have that focus.
01:39
Right, see you at two-ish.
01:42
Love you lots, take care.
01:45
Nuala’s landlord was forced to sell by his creditors,
01:47
an increasingly common situation in Ireland following the financial crisis.
01:52
She was told with only three months' notice to find a new place to live.
01:57
OK, the U Store is here on the left,
01:59
that’s where all our belongings are stored
02:02
until we finally get somewhere to call home.
02:06
In reality, it slaps you in the face.
02:11
This was our life, this was our home.
02:13
And now we have neither.
02:16
This one here.
02:22
There’s something in the letterbox.
02:27
Yep.
02:29
And there’s no one in it … we could have been still there.
02:38
Oh my God.
02:44
There’s an envelope in there, I hope it’s not Laura’s bank account stuff.
02:49
How long were you living here?
02:51
Nine and a half years. Strange that I can't go in.
02:56
I was sort of half expecting to see blinds down, for sale sign up.
03:01
But no, it’s lying empty.
03:05
You know, gosh.
03:06
Are you angry?
03:08
No, you do get past that stage.
03:11
You just become, I suppose, numb.
03:14
And just go ... what could have been, what might have been.
03:17
You know, there was no need for me to be out so soon.
03:22
So I don't know what the delay is in putting it up for sale,
03:25
but I'm not angry.
03:28
When they first registered as homeless six weeks ago,
03:31
the council placed Nuala and Laura in various hostels on a night by night basis.
03:37
Here we go.
03:40
Thank you for calling Dublin city council’s self-accommodation line for hotel bookings.
03:45
Please hold. Thank you.
03:48
Their hotel placement is more secure, but Nuala has to call every two weeks,
03:52
to reapply for their room.
03:54
Your current position in the queue is seven.
03:59
Seven?
04:08
Your current position in the queue is seven.
04:11
Could be on seven for 20 minutes!
04:16
Hello.
04:17
Yeah, that booking has been confirmed there for you, OK?
04:22
Happy days, thank you so much.
04:24
No problem.
04:24
Have a good day, bye.
04:29
Done, two weeks.
04:31
Yeah, thumbs up!
04:33
I'd rather have a home!
04:41
There is a chronic shortage of social housing in Ireland.
04:44
Governments just haven't been building council houses.
04:48
As an alternative,
04:49
authorities offer a housing assisted payment scheme called HAP,
04:53
under which councils pay rent to private landlords.
04:57
Nuala qualifies for HAP but under the terms of the scheme, it's her responsibility
05:02
to find a home to rent on the open market.
05:04
And in Ireland today,
05:05
those are few and far between.
05:09
Every day she goes to the library to search for properties and apply for viewings.
05:14
It’s a nightmare.
05:15
It's an absolute nightmare.
05:18
All you want is just that one person to say,
05:21
'I'm going to give these two girls a chance.'
05:25
Would you have a computer free?
05:26
Just over there, number C4.
05:29
C4. Great, thank you so much.
05:31
She sends out at least five applications a day.
05:35
But in five months,
05:36
she's had no luck.
05:38
Rental properties are so in demand that few even make it to a public viewing.
05:42
Your confidence takes a battering every single time.
05:46
And there's only so many times you can be knocked down and you can’t get back up.
05:51
But if you don't apply, you won’t know.
06:03
Roger Berkeley has been an estate agent in Dublin for 40 years.
06:08
I have never seen it this chronic for tenants in how difficult it is to find a home.
06:15
I’ve never seen it as it is now.
06:18
Even though the rents have gone up, they’re sky rocketing,
06:22
rents that would have been €1,200 a month five years ago,
06:25
they’re now over €2,000 a month.
06:27
What would you say are the causes of this current crisis?
06:31
Lack of supply of houses or properties or apartments
06:36
for the increasing number of tenants that are coming to the market.
06:40
We’re coming up to a house in Palmerstown that we recently let.
06:45
So this house here, was this like a exemplary case of how the rental market works at the moment?
06:50
Homeless HAP?
06:51
Yeah, and that was a house that went for €2,000 a month.
06:54
This is the one thing about homeless HAP,
06:56
you can have last year’s professionals are this year's homeless HAP sometimes.
07:03
It's like putting a Band-Aid on an open wound,
07:05
it's shovelling money at a problem, it's not solving the problem.
07:08
The problem is going to be solved
07:09
by more housing being available for tenants, I think.
07:14
A succession of Irish governments has relied on private developers to construct the country's social housing,
07:20
but the private sector has failed to deliver.
07:24
Are you on a waiting list for a council house?
07:27
I am. I've been on it now
07:31
I would say seven years
07:33
and I'm listed in around the 600 mark.
07:41
So possibly another six or more years.
07:48
Nuala is one of more than 70,000 people on a waiting list for a council house.
07:53
But despite the huge demand, this current government has built fewer than 500 homes
07:58
since it was elected in 2016.
08:01
When this government formed in May 2016, priority number one was to deal
08:05
with the housing situation at that time.
08:07
We recognise that you can't fix the housing supply issue overnight,
08:11
so we put together a five-year plan,
08:13
which we launched in August 2016.
08:16
But according to that plan that’s 85% of the total of new social housing
08:21
is actually going provided by the private sector until 2021.
08:24
Our commitment to that plan is that with a 6bn spend of taxpayers' money,
08:28
is to deliver 50,000 new social houses.
08:32
Do you agree that the solution to the housing crisis
08:35
is for the government and the local authorities to be building more housing?
08:40
Absolutely and that's exactly what we're doing.
08:43
You've got 1,300 families in Dublin alone currently in emergency accommodation
08:47
which means moving from hotel room from night to night or week to week.
08:50
So we’re trying to make sure that those people spend a very short time
08:53
in that emergency accommodation,
08:54
then move on to a more permanent house and that can be
08:56
a rented house or a purpose-built house, but what they want is a house.
09:00
Literally every week we have a housing discussion, housing meeting,
09:02
to make sure we stick to our plans of investing taxpayers' money
09:06
in new social houses and that’s what we’re doing.
09:08
Built by the government and not by developers?
09:10
Built by the government, yes.
09:11
There’s a combination of ways of building houses.
09:14
This department doesn’t physically go out and put the blocks together.
09:16
Naturally you pay builders to do that.
09:18
But it's state money building state houses that the state will own.
09:23
While Ireland waits for these promised houses to be built,
09:26
there’s little option for the almost 10,000 people
09:30
squeezed out of the private rental market and into hotels and hostels,
09:34
but to wait and hope.
09:37
How are you feeling? Are you able to sleep?
09:39
I'm on medication, antidepressants and anti-anxiety.
09:42
Without those,
09:44
I wouldn't have that baseline of normality.
09:49
And really, it's not healthy to be living in this environment.
09:54
And it certainly isn't healthy for your child to witness a parent
10:00
who’s supposed to keep her safe and secure,
10:04
is now lacking in self-confidence and motivation.
10:10
Oh my God.
10:13
There's always that knot in your stomach.
10:16
That never leaves you.
10:19
You know, the people in reception know you're homeless.
10:23
And you're wondering how they perceive you.
10:26
Go on, go for a paddle Babs!
10:30
Ew, Mammy touched me, Mammy cooties!
10:34
You do feel that bit of stigma that is attached with that word 'homeless'.
10:39
You automatically assume
10:41
a rough sleeper, a down and out,
10:44
someone who may be addicted to drugs or alcohol or gambling.
10:48
You don't expect it to be just normal people.
10:52
Okie dokie, Babs.
11:02
You alright?
11:04
It’ll be fine, don’t get upset.
11:08
We’ll be grand.
11:13
The homeless charity Focus Ireland has been helping Nuala and Laura
11:17
since they were first made homeless.
11:19
They've put them on a shortlist of families to be considered for a flat which is being offered
11:23
exclusively to HAP tenants.
11:25
This is the problem I had last week trying to bloody locate it.
11:29
This is the second time the charity has put them forward for a flat in this block,
11:33
they missed out on the last one.
11:35
So do we have to park over here? Oh, is he looking for it?
11:38
Oh God, could be.
11:40
That’s, he was here last week with her!
11:43
So we’re all early.
11:44
We’re not good enough, obviously.
11:47
Come on Babs, let’s boogie baby.
11:49
Here we go again.
11:54
Looks nice.
11:55
It's a bigger block.
11:57
Like you're afraid to get your hopes up
12:02
but I suppose we have to have some sort of hope.
12:06
So fingers crossed.
12:09
Can I get back in the car?
12:11
'Can I get back in the car!'
12:12
I'm cold!
12:13
Get back in the car. There you go.
12:15
Thank you.
12:20
Just somewhere to call home,
12:24
somewhere you can cook and wash.
12:34
Yeah, hopefully.
12:37
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Laura, do you know where the bag with the antibiotics is?
00:17
Oh, here.
00:22
That’s one antibiotic.
00:27
Don’t know where the room key is.
00:31
Nuala and her daughter Laura are homeless.
00:34
For the last two weeks,
00:35
this hotel room has been their home.
00:38
I can never find this.
00:41
There is no normality.
00:45
It's the not knowing, the uncertainty,
00:47
the insecurity, despair.
00:50
What is going to become of you.
00:52
Then failure.
00:54
Inadequate parent.
00:56
And it just spirals out of control.
01:01
Getting up in the morning, getting ready,
01:06
that in itself you have to deem as an achievement
01:09
and sort of say, 'OK, well, you've done it today.'
01:15
More than 9.700 people across Ireland are living like this,
01:19
in emergency accommodation.
01:27
Now my daughter goes to college,
01:30
I make a point of getting up and dropping her in
01:33
because I would hate to think what I would become if I didn't have that focus.
01:39
Right, see you at two-ish.
01:42
Love you lots, take care.
01:45
Nuala’s landlord was forced to sell by his creditors,
01:47
an increasingly common situation in Ireland following the financial crisis.
01:52
She was told with only three months' notice to find a new place to live.
01:57
OK, the U Store is here on the left,
01:59
that’s where all our belongings are stored
02:02
until we finally get somewhere to call home.
02:06
In reality, it slaps you in the face.
02:11
This was our life, this was our home.
02:13
And now we have neither.
02:16
This one here.
02:22
There’s something in the letterbox.
02:27
Yep.
02:29
And there’s no one in it … we could have been still there.
02:38
Oh my God.
02:44
There’s an envelope in there, I hope it’s not Laura’s bank account stuff.
02:49
How long were you living here?
02:51
Nine and a half years. Strange that I can't go in.
02:56
I was sort of half expecting to see blinds down, for sale sign up.
03:01
But no, it’s lying empty.
03:05
You know, gosh.
03:06
Are you angry?
03:08
No, you do get past that stage.
03:11
You just become, I suppose, numb.
03:14
And just go ... what could have been, what might have been.
03:17
You know, there was no need for me to be out so soon.
03:22
So I don't know what the delay is in putting it up for sale,
03:25
but I'm not angry.
03:28
When they first registered as homeless six weeks ago,
03:31
the council placed Nuala and Laura in various hostels on a night by night basis.
03:37
Here we go.
03:40
Thank you for calling Dublin city council’s self-accommodation line for hotel bookings.
03:45
Please hold. Thank you.
03:48
Their hotel placement is more secure, but Nuala has to call every two weeks,
03:52
to reapply for their room.
03:54
Your current position in the queue is seven.
03:59
Seven?
04:08
Your current position in the queue is seven.
04:11
Could be on seven for 20 minutes!
04:16
Hello.
04:17
Yeah, that booking has been confirmed there for you, OK?
04:22
Happy days, thank you so much.
04:24
No problem.
04:24
Have a good day, bye.
04:29
Done, two weeks.
04:31
Yeah, thumbs up!
04:33
I'd rather have a home!
04:41
There is a chronic shortage of social housing in Ireland.
04:44
Governments just haven't been building council houses.
04:48
As an alternative,
04:49
authorities offer a housing assisted payment scheme called HAP,
04:53
under which councils pay rent to private landlords.
04:57
Nuala qualifies for HAP but under the terms of the scheme, it's her responsibility
05:02
to find a home to rent on the open market.
05:04
And in Ireland today,
05:05
those are few and far between.
05:09
Every day she goes to the library to search for properties and apply for viewings.
05:14
It’s a nightmare.
05:15
It's an absolute nightmare.
05:18
All you want is just that one person to say,
05:21
'I'm going to give these two girls a chance.'
05:25
Would you have a computer free?
05:26
Just over there, number C4.
05:29
C4. Great, thank you so much.
05:31
She sends out at least five applications a day.
05:35
But in five months,
05:36
she's had no luck.
05:38
Rental properties are so in demand that few even make it to a public viewing.
05:42
Your confidence takes a battering every single time.
05:46
And there's only so many times you can be knocked down and you can’t get back up.
05:51
But if you don't apply, you won’t know.
06:03
Roger Berkeley has been an estate agent in Dublin for 40 years.
06:08
I have never seen it this chronic for tenants in how difficult it is to find a home.
06:15
I’ve never seen it as it is now.
06:18
Even though the rents have gone up, they’re sky rocketing,
06:22
rents that would have been €1,200 a month five years ago,
06:25
they’re now over €2,000 a month.
06:27
What would you say are the causes of this current crisis?
06:31
Lack of supply of houses or properties or apartments
06:36
for the increasing number of tenants that are coming to the market.
06:40
We’re coming up to a house in Palmerstown that we recently let.
06:45
So this house here, was this like a exemplary case of how the rental market works at the moment?
06:50
Homeless HAP?
06:51
Yeah, and that was a house that went for €2,000 a month.
06:54
This is the one thing about homeless HAP,
06:56
you can have last year’s professionals are this year's homeless HAP sometimes.
07:03
It's like putting a Band-Aid on an open wound,
07:05
it's shovelling money at a problem, it's not solving the problem.
07:08
The problem is going to be solved
07:09
by more housing being available for tenants, I think.
07:14
A succession of Irish governments has relied on private developers to construct the country's social housing,
07:20
but the private sector has failed to deliver.
07:24
Are you on a waiting list for a council house?
07:27
I am. I've been on it now
07:31
I would say seven years
07:33
and I'm listed in around the 600 mark.
07:41
So possibly another six or more years.
07:48
Nuala is one of more than 70,000 people on a waiting list for a council house.
07:53
But despite the huge demand, this current government has built fewer than 500 homes
07:58
since it was elected in 2016.
08:01
When this government formed in May 2016, priority number one was to deal
08:05
with the housing situation at that time.
08:07
We recognise that you can't fix the housing supply issue overnight,
08:11
so we put together a five-year plan,
08:13
which we launched in August 2016.
08:16
But according to that plan that’s 85% of the total of new social housing
08:21
is actually going provided by the private sector until 2021.
08:24
Our commitment to that plan is that with a 6bn spend of taxpayers' money,
08:28
is to deliver 50,000 new social houses.
08:32
Do you agree that the solution to the housing crisis
08:35
is for the government and the local authorities to be building more housing?
08:40
Absolutely and that's exactly what we're doing.
08:43
You've got 1,300 families in Dublin alone currently in emergency accommodation
08:47
which means moving from hotel room from night to night or week to week.
08:50
So we’re trying to make sure that those people spend a very short time
08:53
in that emergency accommodation,
08:54
then move on to a more permanent house and that can be
08:56
a rented house or a purpose-built house, but what they want is a house.
09:00
Literally every week we have a housing discussion, housing meeting,
09:02
to make sure we stick to our plans of investing taxpayers' money
09:06
in new social houses and that’s what we’re doing.
09:08
Built by the government and not by developers?
09:10
Built by the government, yes.
09:11
There’s a combination of ways of building houses.
09:14
This department doesn’t physically go out and put the blocks together.
09:16
Naturally you pay builders to do that.
09:18
But it's state money building state houses that the state will own.
09:23
While Ireland waits for these promised houses to be built,
09:26
there’s little option for the almost 10,000 people
09:30
squeezed out of the private rental market and into hotels and hostels,
09:34
but to wait and hope.
09:37
How are you feeling? Are you able to sleep?
09:39
I'm on medication, antidepressants and anti-anxiety.
09:42
Without those,
09:44
I wouldn't have that baseline of normality.
09:49
And really, it's not healthy to be living in this environment.
09:54
And it certainly isn't healthy for your child to witness a parent
10:00
who’s supposed to keep her safe and secure,
10:04
is now lacking in self-confidence and motivation.
10:10
Oh my God.
10:13
There's always that knot in your stomach.
10:16
That never leaves you.
10:19
You know, the people in reception know you're homeless.
10:23
And you're wondering how they perceive you.
10:26
Go on, go for a paddle Babs!
10:30
Ew, Mammy touched me, Mammy cooties!
10:34
You do feel that bit of stigma that is attached with that word 'homeless'.
10:39
You automatically assume
10:41
a rough sleeper, a down and out,
10:44
someone who may be addicted to drugs or alcohol or gambling.
10:48
You don't expect it to be just normal people.
10:52
Okie dokie, Babs.
11:02
You alright?
11:04
It’ll be fine, don’t get upset.
11:08
We’ll be grand.
11:13
The homeless charity Focus Ireland has been helping Nuala and Laura
11:17
since they were first made homeless.
11:19
They've put them on a shortlist of families to be considered for a flat which is being offered
11:23
exclusively to HAP tenants.
11:25
This is the problem I had last week trying to bloody locate it.
11:29
This is the second time the charity has put them forward for a flat in this block,
11:33
they missed out on the last one.
11:35
So do we have to park over here? Oh, is he looking for it?
11:38
Oh God, could be.
11:40
That’s, he was here last week with her!
11:43
So we’re all early.
11:44
We’re not good enough, obviously.
11:47
Come on Babs, let’s boogie baby.
11:49
Here we go again.
11:54
Looks nice.
11:55
It's a bigger block.
11:57
Like you're afraid to get your hopes up
12:02
but I suppose we have to have some sort of hope.
12:06
So fingers crossed.
12:09
Can I get back in the car?
12:11
'Can I get back in the car!'
12:12
I'm cold!
12:13
Get back in the car. There you go.
12:15
Thank you.
12:20
Just somewhere to call home,
12:24
somewhere you can cook and wash.
12:34
Yeah, hopefully.
12:37
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Laura, do you know where the bag with the antibiotics is?
00:17
Oh, here.
00:22
That’s one antibiotic.
00:27
Don’t know where the room key is.
00:31
Nuala and her daughter Laura are homeless.
00:34
For the last two weeks,
00:35
this hotel room has been their home.
00:38
I can never find this.
00:41
There is no normality.
00:45
It's the not knowing, the uncertainty,
00:47
the insecurity, despair.
00:50
What is going to become of you.
00:52
Then failure.
00:54
Inadequate parent.
00:56
And it just spirals out of control.
01:01
Getting up in the morning, getting ready,
01:06
that in itself you have to deem as an achievement
01:09
and sort of say, 'OK, well, you've done it today.'
01:15
More than 9.700 people across Ireland are living like this,
01:19
in emergency accommodation.
01:27
Now my daughter goes to college,
01:30
I make a point of getting up and dropping her in
01:33
because I would hate to think what I would become if I didn't have that focus.
01:39
Right, see you at two-ish.
01:42
Love you lots, take care.
01:45
Nuala’s landlord was forced to sell by his creditors,
01:47
an increasingly common situation in Ireland following the financial crisis.
01:52
She was told with only three months' notice to find a new place to live.
01:57
OK, the U Store is here on the left,
01:59
that’s where all our belongings are stored
02:02
until we finally get somewhere to call home.
02:06
In reality, it slaps you in the face.
02:11
This was our life, this was our home.
02:13
And now we have neither.
02:16
This one here.
02:22
There’s something in the letterbox.
02:27
Yep.
02:29
And there’s no one in it … we could have been still there.
02:38
Oh my God.
02:44
There’s an envelope in there, I hope it’s not Laura’s bank account stuff.
02:49
How long were you living here?
02:51
Nine and a half years. Strange that I can't go in.
02:56
I was sort of half expecting to see blinds down, for sale sign up.
03:01
But no, it’s lying empty.
03:05
You know, gosh.
03:06
Are you angry?
03:08
No, you do get past that stage.
03:11
You just become, I suppose, numb.
03:14
And just go ... what could have been, what might have been.
03:17
You know, there was no need for me to be out so soon.
03:22
So I don't know what the delay is in putting it up for sale,
03:25
but I'm not angry.
03:28
When they first registered as homeless six weeks ago,
03:31
the council placed Nuala and Laura in various hostels on a night by night basis.
03:37
Here we go.
03:40
Thank you for calling Dublin city council’s self-accommodation line for hotel bookings.
03:45
Please hold. Thank you.
03:48
Their hotel placement is more secure, but Nuala has to call every two weeks,
03:52
to reapply for their room.
03:54
Your current position in the queue is seven.
03:59
Seven?
04:08
Your current position in the queue is seven.
04:11
Could be on seven for 20 minutes!
04:16
Hello.
04:17
Yeah, that booking has been confirmed there for you, OK?
04:22
Happy days, thank you so much.
04:24
No problem.
04:24
Have a good day, bye.
04:29
Done, two weeks.
04:31
Yeah, thumbs up!
04:33
I'd rather have a home!
04:41
There is a chronic shortage of social housing in Ireland.
04:44
Governments just haven't been building council houses.
04:48
As an alternative,
04:49
authorities offer a housing assisted payment scheme called HAP,
04:53
under which councils pay rent to private landlords.
04:57
Nuala qualifies for HAP but under the terms of the scheme, it's her responsibility
05:02
to find a home to rent on the open market.
05:04
And in Ireland today,
05:05
those are few and far between.
05:09
Every day she goes to the library to search for properties and apply for viewings.
05:14
It’s a nightmare.
05:15
It's an absolute nightmare.
05:18
All you want is just that one person to say,
05:21
'I'm going to give these two girls a chance.'
05:25
Would you have a computer free?
05:26
Just over there, number C4.
05:29
C4. Great, thank you so much.
05:31
She sends out at least five applications a day.
05:35
But in five months,
05:36
she's had no luck.
05:38
Rental properties are so in demand that few even make it to a public viewing.
05:42
Your confidence takes a battering every single time.
05:46
And there's only so many times you can be knocked down and you can’t get back up.
05:51
But if you don't apply, you won’t know.
06:03
Roger Berkeley has been an estate agent in Dublin for 40 years.
06:08
I have never seen it this chronic for tenants in how difficult it is to find a home.
06:15
I’ve never seen it as it is now.
06:18
Even though the rents have gone up, they’re sky rocketing,
06:22
rents that would have been €1,200 a month five years ago,
06:25
they’re now over €2,000 a month.
06:27
What would you say are the causes of this current crisis?
06:31
Lack of supply of houses or properties or apartments
06:36 [SUBTITLES_PART2] => for the increasing number of tenants that are coming to the market.
06:40
We’re coming up to a house in Palmerstown that we recently let.
06:45
So this house here, was this like a exemplary case of how the rental market works at the moment?
06:50
Homeless HAP?
06:51
Yeah, and that was a house that went for €2,000 a month.
06:54
This is the one thing about homeless HAP,
06:56
you can have last year’s professionals are this year's homeless HAP sometimes.
07:03
It's like putting a Band-Aid on an open wound,
07:05
it's shovelling money at a problem, it's not solving the problem.
07:08
The problem is going to be solved
07:09
by more housing being available for tenants, I think.
07:14
A succession of Irish governments has relied on private developers to construct the country's social housing,
07:20
but the private sector has failed to deliver.
07:24
Are you on a waiting list for a council house?
07:27
I am. I've been on it now
07:31
I would say seven years
07:33
and I'm listed in around the 600 mark.
07:41
So possibly another six or more years.
07:48
Nuala is one of more than 70,000 people on a waiting list for a council house.
07:53
But despite the huge demand, this current government has built fewer than 500 homes
07:58
since it was elected in 2016.
08:01
When this government formed in May 2016, priority number one was to deal
08:05
with the housing situation at that time.
08:07
We recognise that you can't fix the housing supply issue overnight,
08:11
so we put together a five-year plan,
08:13
which we launched in August 2016.
08:16
But according to that plan that’s 85% of the total of new social housing
08:21
is actually going provided by the private sector until 2021.
08:24
Our commitment to that plan is that with a 6bn spend of taxpayers' money,
08:28
is to deliver 50,000 new social houses.
08:32
Do you agree that the solution to the housing crisis
08:35
is for the government and the local authorities to be building more housing?
08:40
Absolutely and that's exactly what we're doing.
08:43
You've got 1,300 families in Dublin alone currently in emergency accommodation
08:47
which means moving from hotel room from night to night or week to week.
08:50
So we’re trying to make sure that those people spend a very short time
08:53
in that emergency accommodation,
08:54
then move on to a more permanent house and that can be
08:56
a rented house or a purpose-built house, but what they want is a house.
09:00
Literally every week we have a housing discussion, housing meeting,
09:02
to make sure we stick to our plans of investing taxpayers' money
09:06
in new social houses and that’s what we’re doing.
09:08
Built by the government and not by developers?
09:10
Built by the government, yes.
09:11
There’s a combination of ways of building houses.
09:14
This department doesn’t physically go out and put the blocks together.
09:16
Naturally you pay builders to do that.
09:18
But it's state money building state houses that the state will own.
09:23
While Ireland waits for these promised houses to be built,
09:26
there’s little option for the almost 10,000 people
09:30
squeezed out of the private rental market and into hotels and hostels,
09:34
but to wait and hope.
09:37
How are you feeling? Are you able to sleep?
09:39
I'm on medication, antidepressants and anti-anxiety.
09:42
Without those,
09:44
I wouldn't have that baseline of normality.
09:49
And really, it's not healthy to be living in this environment.
09:54
And it certainly isn't healthy for your child to witness a parent
10:00
who’s supposed to keep her safe and secure,
10:04
is now lacking in self-confidence and motivation.
10:10
Oh my God.
10:13
There's always that knot in your stomach.
10:16
That never leaves you.
10:19
You know, the people in reception know you're homeless.
10:23
And you're wondering how they perceive you.
10:26
Go on, go for a paddle Babs!
10:30
Ew, Mammy touched me, Mammy cooties!
10:34
You do feel that bit of stigma that is attached with that word 'homeless'.
10:39
You automatically assume
10:41
a rough sleeper, a down and out,
10:44
someone who may be addicted to drugs or alcohol or gambling.
10:48
You don't expect it to be just normal people.
10:52
Okie dokie, Babs.
11:02
You alright?
11:04
It’ll be fine, don’t get upset.
11:08
We’ll be grand.
11:13
The homeless charity Focus Ireland has been helping Nuala and Laura
11:17
since they were first made homeless.
11:19
They've put them on a shortlist of families to be considered for a flat which is being offered
11:23
exclusively to HAP tenants.
11:25
This is the problem I had last week trying to bloody locate it.
11:29
This is the second time the charity has put them forward for a flat in this block,
11:33
they missed out on the last one.
11:35
So do we have to park over here? Oh, is he looking for it?
11:38
Oh God, could be.
11:40
That’s, he was here last week with her!
11:43
So we’re all early.
11:44
We’re not good enough, obviously.
11:47
Come on Babs, let’s boogie baby.
11:49
Here we go again.
11:54
Looks nice.
11:55
It's a bigger block.
11:57
Like you're afraid to get your hopes up
12:02
but I suppose we have to have some sort of hope.
12:06
So fingers crossed.
12:09
Can I get back in the car?
12:11
'Can I get back in the car!'
12:12
I'm cold!
12:13
Get back in the car. There you go.
12:15
Thank you.
12:20
Just somewhere to call home,
12:24
somewhere you can cook and wash.
12:34
Yeah, hopefully.
12:37
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today's luxury is almost undefinable
00:05
first of course you're met and greeted
00:08
by some incredible flowers
00:12
we have a dining room here so this room
00:16
is set at the moment so you see you can
00:19
have a lovely dinner in here it's even a
00:24
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00:27
the bad habit of watching TV while it's
00:29
dining so you have a large sitting area
00:31
here you have some beautiful little
00:34
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00:38
luxury to our guests is what makes them
00:43
feel good and makes them feel better and
00:46
gives them a satisfaction in that moment
00:49
little dining area where you can maybe
00:52
have your breakfast or you can just have
00:53
a drink we have of course a wonderful
00:56
bar here for for your drinks I mean
01:00
there's a beautiful cognac available of
01:03
course there should always be champagne
01:05
there is a wine fridge only for this
01:08
suite so part of our Royal Suite is of
01:10
course also for those who need to work
01:13
that there is an office so you have a
01:15
nice big desk where you can sign
01:21
important contracts you have three TV
01:24
screens right in front of you where you
01:26
can keep up with what's going on in the
01:30
stock markets or the news fabulous
01:35
penthouses and fabulous houses of course
01:37
have a have an upper floor so we can go
01:39
up to the floor above so this is the
01:45
master bathroom of the penthouse then
01:49
this bathtub I mean it's almost the size
01:53
of a little plunge pool so it's it's
01:56
it's it's really beautiful and large so
01:58
plenty of space for four to
02:09
so you have these Mary Papa muse of the
02:14
roofs of London
02:19
and I just think that's amazing when you
02:22
see this I mean look you have it or at
02:24
your doorstep
02:27
what kind of price can this command so
02:31
the publish grade for this particular
02:33
penthouse is 20,000 pounds per lives we
02:36
had one client stay in here for six
02:38
months
02:38
I suppose a lot of your guests aren't
02:42
approaching a stay with fear about how
02:45
much it costs I would hope not
02:48
if you had 20,000 pounds why would you
02:52
choose to spend it on a night in a
02:55
penthouse it's a choice that they have
02:58
made you know they get something they
03:00
need and they have chosen to make their
03:03
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03:06
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03:08
door there was an option that wasn't
03:10
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03:12
pounds but it has its limitations
03:15
you know the 250 square meter suddenly
03:18
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03:21
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today's luxury is almost undefinable
00:05
first of course you're met and greeted
00:08
by some incredible flowers
00:12
we have a dining room here so this room
00:16
is set at the moment so you see you can
00:19
have a lovely dinner in here it's even a
00:24
TV hidden in the wall for those who have
00:27
the bad habit of watching TV while it's
00:29
dining so you have a large sitting area
00:31
here you have some beautiful little
00:34
pieces and sculptures the fireplace
00:38
luxury to our guests is what makes them
00:43
feel good and makes them feel better and
00:46
gives them a satisfaction in that moment
00:49
little dining area where you can maybe
00:52
have your breakfast or you can just have
00:53
a drink we have of course a wonderful
00:56
bar here for for your drinks I mean
01:00
there's a beautiful cognac available of
01:03
course there should always be champagne
01:05
there is a wine fridge only for this
01:08
suite so part of our Royal Suite is of
01:10
course also for those who need to work
01:13
that there is an office so you have a
01:15
nice big desk where you can sign
01:21
important contracts you have three TV
01:24
screens right in front of you where you
01:26
can keep up with what's going on in the
01:30
stock markets or the news fabulous
01:35
penthouses and fabulous houses of course
01:37
have a have an upper floor so we can go
01:39
up to the floor above so this is the
01:45
master bathroom of the penthouse then
01:49
this bathtub I mean it's almost the size
01:53
of a little plunge pool so it's it's
01:56
it's it's really beautiful and large so
01:58
plenty of space for four to
02:09
so you have these Mary Papa muse of the
02:14
roofs of London
02:19
and I just think that's amazing when you
02:22
see this I mean look you have it or at
02:24
your doorstep
02:27
what kind of price can this command so
02:31
the publish grade for this particular
02:33
penthouse is 20,000 pounds per lives we
02:36
had one client stay in here for six
02:38
months
02:38
I suppose a lot of your guests aren't
02:42
approaching a stay with fear about how
02:45
much it costs I would hope not
02:48
if you had 20,000 pounds why would you
02:52
choose to spend it on a night in a
02:55
penthouse it's a choice that they have
02:58
made you know they get something they
03:00
need and they have chosen to make their
03:03
stay in London the nicest and best stay
03:06
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03:08
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03:10
20,000 pounds that was probably 450
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pounds but it has its limitations
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you know the 250 square meter suddenly
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so it's a luxury Fred and we are here in
00:03
London England have one of the best
00:06
hotels in the world the Dorchester and
00:08
we are fortunate enough to be staying in
00:10
one of the hotels iconic Dorchester
00:12
Suites so I wanted to take you inside
00:15
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00:19
Dorchester Suites so this is suite 417
00:28
and 418 we're going to go inside so the
00:40
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00:45
we have some doors so let's see what's
00:51
behind door number one first this is the
00:59
fabulous living room of the Dorchester
01:03
suite so if I can do a little tour here
01:08
we've got a nice dining area over here
01:15
the suite looks out onto Hyde Park and
01:20
we're right on Park Lane down there and
01:22
if it was daytime you'd be able to see
01:25
the beautiful green park across the
01:26
street so continuing the tour again we
01:30
have a nice little dining area over here
01:32
as with all the Dorchester collection
01:35
properties the rooms feature these great
01:38
TVs from Bang & Olufsen and the cool
01:41
thing about this is when you turn it on
01:43
it senses where you're sitting and turns
01:46
to face you which is kind of strange
01:49
here we have a very luxurious yet
01:53
comfortable yet classic kind of living
01:57
room seating area nice coffee table
02:01
hotel brings fresh fruit to the room
02:04
every day which is wonderful and we have
02:07
this classic fireplace
02:09
and I keep having trouble trying to
02:12
light these logs on fire because at the
02:15
dorcester their crystal logs have a
02:19
lovely chinese cabinet over here which
02:23
houses one of the Suites kind of minibar
02:27
areas and we have some snacks drinks
02:35
alcohol snacks and things like that and
02:45
then another full selection inside the
02:51
refrigerator here so continuing on the
03:01
tour each of the Dorchester Suites has
03:05
these kind of signature little outpost
03:09
areas that are on each corner of the
03:12
hotel and as you can see this gives us a
03:15
nice view of traffic there on Park Lane
03:21
and again
03:23
Hyde Park across the street continuing
03:28
the tour have a little workspace desk
03:33
here
03:39
again lots of beautiful windows looking
03:42
on to Hyde Park the room is very filled
03:44
with beautiful sunlight during the day
03:46
and during this trip to London we've
03:49
been fortunate in that we've had
03:51
exceptionally sunny weather so let's go
03:54
behind this door and see what's in here
03:56
well we have more doors so this is kind
04:00
of another little foyer area and here we
04:04
have one of the many closets with a safe
04:09
and drawers and things like that for
04:11
clothes and we go from there behind this
04:17
door into the bedroom again we're in one
04:22
of the Dorchester Suites at the amazing
04:25
Dorchester Hotel here in London England
04:28
so the course the wonderful feature
04:32
about the bedroom is the bed amazing
04:38
four posts to the canopy bed with drapes
04:42
around it fit for Henry the eighth or
04:48
luxury Fred over on this side we have a
04:56
view again looking up pork Lane is the
05:04
rest of the hotel over here about a
05:09
block away down this direction down Park
05:11
Lane is the Dorchester Hotel sister
05:14
property which is called 45 Park Lane
05:17
appropriately enough located at 45 Park
05:20
Lane it has 45 rooms and suites it's all
05:24
done in an amazing Art Deco style it's
05:27
also a member of the Dorchester
05:28
collection and guests there can charge
05:31
things to the room here and back and
05:33
forth and kind of have reciprocal
05:35
privileges at the spa and things like
05:37
that so again continuing on the bedroom
05:40
tour we have this cool window seat that
05:45
again is one of the in these little
05:48
outcroppings that each of the corner
05:50
suites have
05:51
on either side in this room we also have
05:56
a bangin Olsen flat-screen TV up there
05:59
we have an iPad and then in this suite
06:04
in this room this is the minibar area
06:08
inside this cabinet again with a
06:12
refrigerator and selection of drinks and
06:15
snacks and things like that over here
06:21
the bedroom of the dorcester suite here
06:24
has lots of closet space and as with the
06:30
other wonderful Dorchester collection
06:32
hotels we have great cabinetry and
06:37
things like that
06:38
inside the closets so these are all
06:41
lined with fresh paper each time you
06:42
check in and it's a great place to store
06:45
clothes and valuables and other things
06:48
like that here we have another closet
06:51
here
06:56
and another set of closets over here
07:00
with another safe more drawers in space
07:07
and one last closet over here so very
07:17
luxurious yet comfortable fancy yet
07:21
accessible just a wonderful place to
07:25
spend some time here in London and the
07:30
hotel is so wonderful that aside from
07:32
hotel guests there are residents who
07:36
live here full-time and I think that is
07:39
one of the reasons the staff is so
07:41
amazing because you're not just a hotel
07:44
guest that's coming in and coming out
07:46
the staff is used to both guests that
07:49
actually are residents here for all or
07:51
part of the year and they're also used
07:54
to returning guests who return to this
07:56
iconic hotel year after year after year
07:59
whether for business or pleasure it
08:02
truly is a special place so we'll end
08:06
the tour here in the lovely marble
08:10
bathroom where we have this great shower
08:16
with a rain showerhead there amazing
08:21
deep deep bathtub and you know luxury
08:26
Fred loves bathtubs
08:32
each of the Suites comes with a rubber
08:34
ducky over here we have a very high-tech
08:42
Japanese toilet that does all kinds of
08:45
things for you we have a view here again
08:55
looking up Park Lane their sinks TV in
09:03
the mirror again just a very luxurious
09:10
place to be even here in the bathroom so
09:18
again thanks for going on the tour with
09:24
me we're here again at the dorcester in
09:26
London staying in one of the Dorchester
09:29
Suites and it's been just amazing thank
09:34
you for watching this video and all my
09:37
other videos please comment below
09:41
good bad suggestions criticisms whatever
09:45
it is I love getting feedback from
09:47
people watch them videos and you can
09:51
read my reviews and and my coverage of
09:54
my stay here in London and my stay here
09:56
at the Dorchester on my blog luxury Fred
10:00
comm as well as on examiner.com and rant
10:05
lifestyle comm you just search for
10:07
Freddie Sherman you'll see all the
10:09
articles follow me on Twitter and
10:11
Instagram at luxury Fred and again love
10:16
to hear the comments and suggestions and
10:19
even the criticism to thank you again
10:21
for watching I appreciate it luxury Fred
10:24
here in London [~DETAIL_TEXT] => 00:00
so it's a luxury Fred and we are here in
00:03
London England have one of the best
00:06
hotels in the world the Dorchester and
00:08
we are fortunate enough to be staying in
00:10
one of the hotels iconic Dorchester
00:12
Suites so I wanted to take you inside
00:15
and give you a tour of one of the hotels
00:19
Dorchester Suites so this is suite 417
00:28
and 418 we're going to go inside so the
00:40
tour starts is little foyer area where
00:45
we have some doors so let's see what's
00:51
behind door number one first this is the
00:59
fabulous living room of the Dorchester
01:03
suite so if I can do a little tour here
01:08
we've got a nice dining area over here
01:15
the suite looks out onto Hyde Park and
01:20
we're right on Park Lane down there and
01:22
if it was daytime you'd be able to see
01:25
the beautiful green park across the
01:26
street so continuing the tour again we
01:30
have a nice little dining area over here
01:32
as with all the Dorchester collection
01:35
properties the rooms feature these great
01:38
TVs from Bang & Olufsen and the cool
01:41
thing about this is when you turn it on
01:43
it senses where you're sitting and turns
01:46
to face you which is kind of strange
01:49
here we have a very luxurious yet
01:53
comfortable yet classic kind of living
01:57
room seating area nice coffee table
02:01
hotel brings fresh fruit to the room
02:04
every day which is wonderful and we have
02:07
this classic fireplace
02:09
and I keep having trouble trying to
02:12
light these logs on fire because at the
02:15
dorcester their crystal logs have a
02:19
lovely chinese cabinet over here which
02:23
houses one of the Suites kind of minibar
02:27
areas and we have some snacks drinks
02:35
alcohol snacks and things like that and
02:45
then another full selection inside the
02:51
refrigerator here so continuing on the
03:01
tour each of the Dorchester Suites has
03:05
these kind of signature little outpost
03:09
areas that are on each corner of the
03:12
hotel and as you can see this gives us a
03:15
nice view of traffic there on Park Lane
03:21
and again
03:23
Hyde Park across the street continuing
03:28
the tour have a little workspace desk
03:33
here
03:39
again lots of beautiful windows looking
03:42
on to Hyde Park the room is very filled
03:44
with beautiful sunlight during the day
03:46
and during this trip to London we've
03:49
been fortunate in that we've had
03:51
exceptionally sunny weather so let's go
03:54
behind this door and see what's in here
03:56
well we have more doors so this is kind
04:00
of another little foyer area and here we
04:04
have one of the many closets with a safe
04:09
and drawers and things like that for
04:11
clothes and we go from there behind this
04:17
door into the bedroom again we're in one
04:22
of the Dorchester Suites at the amazing
04:25
Dorchester Hotel here in London England
04:28
so the course the wonderful feature
04:32
about the bedroom is the bed amazing
04:38
four posts to the canopy bed with drapes
04:42
around it fit for Henry the eighth or
04:48
luxury Fred over on this side we have a
04:56
view again looking up pork Lane is the
05:04
rest of the hotel over here about a
05:09
block away down this direction down Park
05:11
Lane is the Dorchester Hotel sister
05:14
property which is called 45 Park Lane
05:17
appropriately enough located at 45 Park
05:20
Lane it has 45 rooms and suites it's all
05:24
done in an amazing Art Deco style it's
05:27
also a member of the Dorchester
05:28
collection and guests there can charge
05:31
things to the room here and back and
05:33
forth and kind of have reciprocal
05:35
privileges at the spa and things like
05:37
that so again continuing on the bedroom
05:40
tour we have this cool window seat that
05:45
again is one of the in these little
05:48
outcroppings that each of the corner
05:50
suites have
05:51
on either side in this room we also have
05:56
a bangin Olsen flat-screen TV up there
05:59
we have an iPad and then in this suite
06:04
in this room this is the minibar area
06:08
inside this cabinet again with a
06:12
refrigerator and selection of drinks and
06:15
snacks and things like that over here
06:21
the bedroom of the dorcester suite here
06:24
has lots of closet space and as with the
06:30
other wonderful Dorchester collection
06:32
hotels we have great cabinetry and
06:37
things like that
06:38
inside the closets so these are all
06:41
lined with fresh paper each time you
06:42
check in and it's a great place to store
06:45
clothes and valuables and other things
06:48
like that here we have another closet
06:51
here
06:56
and another set of closets over here
07:00
with another safe more drawers in space
07:07
and one last closet over here so very
07:17
luxurious yet comfortable fancy yet
07:21
accessible just a wonderful place to
07:25
spend some time here in London and the
07:30
hotel is so wonderful that aside from
07:32
hotel guests there are residents who
07:36
live here full-time and I think that is
07:39
one of the reasons the staff is so
07:41
amazing because you're not just a hotel
07:44
guest that's coming in and coming out
07:46
the staff is used to both guests that
07:49
actually are residents here for all or
07:51
part of the year and they're also used
07:54
to returning guests who return to this
07:56
iconic hotel year after year after year
07:59
whether for business or pleasure it
08:02
truly is a special place so we'll end
08:06
the tour here in the lovely marble
08:10
bathroom where we have this great shower
08:16
with a rain showerhead there amazing
08:21
deep deep bathtub and you know luxury
08:26
Fred loves bathtubs
08:32
each of the Suites comes with a rubber
08:34
ducky over here we have a very high-tech
08:42
Japanese toilet that does all kinds of
08:45
things for you we have a view here again
08:55
looking up Park Lane their sinks TV in
09:03
the mirror again just a very luxurious
09:10
place to be even here in the bathroom so
09:18
again thanks for going on the tour with
09:24
me we're here again at the dorcester in
09:26
London staying in one of the Dorchester
09:29
Suites and it's been just amazing thank
09:34
you for watching this video and all my
09:37
other videos please comment below
09:41
good bad suggestions criticisms whatever
09:45
it is I love getting feedback from
09:47
people watch them videos and you can
09:51
read my reviews and and my coverage of
09:54
my stay here in London and my stay here
09:56
at the Dorchester on my blog luxury Fred
10:00
comm as well as on examiner.com and rant
10:05
lifestyle comm you just search for
10:07
Freddie Sherman you'll see all the
10:09
articles follow me on Twitter and
10:11
Instagram at luxury Fred and again love
10:16
to hear the comments and suggestions and
10:19
even the criticism to thank you again
10:21
for watching I appreciate it luxury Fred
10:24
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- Welcome to the accommodation in London series.
00:03
We're kicking it off with 10 important things
00:05
you should know before you book any accommodation
00:07
and I have a special freebie for you,
00:09
so make sure you watch to the end of the video to get it.
00:11
There is no best area to stay in, in London.
00:15
It's impossible for me to suggest one
00:16
absolutely perfect area for you to stay in
00:19
because there's just no such thing.
00:22
Each area in London is different.
00:23
There are actually tons of great neighborhoods
00:25
but it just depends on what you're looking for
00:28
and what your budget is as to whether
00:30
that's gonna be the best one for you.
00:31
Stay within zones one or two
00:34
or maybe go out to three.
00:36
London's underground system is split into zones
00:38
with the super center of London being zone one
00:41
and as you go farther outside the city,
00:43
the zone number goes up.
00:44
I always recommend staying in zones one or two.
00:46
Anything really beyond that,
00:48
you're gonna be spending a lot of time taking a train
00:50
into the center of London
00:52
and also spending more money on that as well.
00:54
There are few exceptions for zone three though,
00:57
if you really want a local villagy experience,
00:59
places like Richmond and Wimbledon
01:01
are really great for that.
01:03
Hotels are not your only option for accommodation
01:05
when it comes to staying in London.
01:06
If you're on a budget, you can consider staying in hostels,
01:09
where you can just pay for a bed as opposed to a whole room.
01:11
There are also loads of great Airbnb's all around London
01:15
and we even have lots of options for serviced apartments
01:18
which is like staying in an apartment
01:20
but it gets treated like a hotel room.
01:21
If you've never used Airbnb before,
01:23
I have a series about how to use it
01:25
and how to find the best places on Airbnb
01:28
when you're traveling.
01:29
So, click the cart popping up here to watch that
01:31
before you book anything.
01:32
Pick a place close to a tube station.
01:35
If you're planning on using
01:36
public transportation to get around,
01:38
as a rule of thumb,
01:39
don't pick any accommodation that is further
01:41
than 10 minutes walking distance to a tube station.
01:44
Anything farther than that,
01:45
then you're probably gonna get really tired of walking back
01:48
and forth to the tube station
01:49
every time you wanna go some place.
01:51
Don't rely on the hotel
01:52
or the Airbnb to tell you
01:53
what the walking distance is to the tube station.
01:56
Actually put it into Google Maps
01:57
to see what the true time is.
02:00
If you'll be partying,
02:01
choose somewhere close to a stop on the night tube.
02:04
As I'm filming this,
02:05
select lines and select stops on the underground
02:08
are open all night on Friday
02:09
and Saturday nights.
02:11
If you're gonna be partying
02:12
and you don't wanna pay for Ubers
02:13
or taxis to get you home,
02:15
then you wanna stay someplace
02:16
that is close to a tube station
02:18
that's actually gonna be running at night.
02:19
As I'm recording this video,
02:20
they keep adding new lines
02:22
and new stops to the night tube systems.
02:24
So, I have a link down the description box
02:26
that let's you know the most up-to-date information
02:29
on the availability of the service.
02:30
Consider the distance from the airport
02:32
when choosing a place to stay.
02:34
All but one of London's airports are located fairly far
02:37
outside of London.
02:39
So, if you're only coming here for a couple of day,
02:41
you wanna take that into consideration.
02:43
Also if you're planning on taking public transportation,
02:46
to get to and from the airport,
02:48
you wanna double check on Google Maps to see,
02:50
how long it's gonna take you to get public transportation
02:53
to your hotel
02:54
and also, how many time you gonna have to change.
02:57
If you have to take three separate underground lines
02:59
and you're carting around all of your luggage,
03:01
that is gonna be a struggle.
03:02
For a short stay I recommend staying in an airport hub area.
03:06
I consider an area to be an airport hub if it's really easy
03:09
to get to via public transport from the airport.
03:12
So, for Heathrow airport Paddington is a hub
03:14
because the Heathrow connect
03:16
and Heathrow express goes directly to the Padington station.
03:19
For Gatwick staying near Victoria is ideal,
03:21
as that's where the Gatwick express will take you to.
03:23
If you're flying into Stansted
03:25
stay near Liverpool street station.
03:27
If you're planning on taking the Stansted express
03:29
and if you're flying into Luton,
03:31
I'd stay around King's Cross for easy access to get to
03:34
and fro the airport.
03:35
Choose you're location depending
03:36
on what you wanna get out of your trip.
03:38
If you're keen to see all the major sites
03:40
and don't wanna have to hop
03:41
on public transportation all the time,
03:43
then staying in zone one is a must.
03:45
If you want more of a local London experience
03:47
then you can definitely get away with going to zone two
03:50
and maybe some places in zone three.
03:52
Will not get that local experience in zone one
03:54
pretty much no one lives in zone one
03:56
unless you're a Bugilionaire.
03:58
Some of the world's best hotels are in London.
04:00
So, even if you can't afford to stay at the Savoy
04:02
every night of the trip,
04:04
consider like a romantic evening to spend one night
04:08
at one of the really luxurious high-end hotels in London.
04:12
If you pick a date off-peak,
04:13
say during the week,
04:14
you might be able to get a really great deal.
04:16
If you have a hotel in mind for this,
04:17
sign up for their newsletter
04:19
and keep an eye to see if they send you any special offers
04:21
for booking.
04:22
If you want a selection of great accommodation
04:25
handed to you on a silver platter,
04:26
then you need to download my free,
04:28
"where to stay in London" guide.
04:30
It will tell you the best areas to stay while in London
04:33
and also have a lot of great recommendations of hotels
04:36
and Airbnb's to stay in while you're here.
04:38
Click the cart popping up here to get that guide
04:41
and then watch this video next. [~DETAIL_TEXT] => 00:00
- Welcome to the accommodation in London series.
00:03
We're kicking it off with 10 important things
00:05
you should know before you book any accommodation
00:07
and I have a special freebie for you,
00:09
so make sure you watch to the end of the video to get it.
00:11
There is no best area to stay in, in London.
00:15
It's impossible for me to suggest one
00:16
absolutely perfect area for you to stay in
00:19
because there's just no such thing.
00:22
Each area in London is different.
00:23
There are actually tons of great neighborhoods
00:25
but it just depends on what you're looking for
00:28
and what your budget is as to whether
00:30
that's gonna be the best one for you.
00:31
Stay within zones one or two
00:34
or maybe go out to three.
00:36
London's underground system is split into zones
00:38
with the super center of London being zone one
00:41
and as you go farther outside the city,
00:43
the zone number goes up.
00:44
I always recommend staying in zones one or two.
00:46
Anything really beyond that,
00:48
you're gonna be spending a lot of time taking a train
00:50
into the center of London
00:52
and also spending more money on that as well.
00:54
There are few exceptions for zone three though,
00:57
if you really want a local villagy experience,
00:59
places like Richmond and Wimbledon
01:01
are really great for that.
01:03
Hotels are not your only option for accommodation
01:05
when it comes to staying in London.
01:06
If you're on a budget, you can consider staying in hostels,
01:09
where you can just pay for a bed as opposed to a whole room.
01:11
There are also loads of great Airbnb's all around London
01:15
and we even have lots of options for serviced apartments
01:18
which is like staying in an apartment
01:20
but it gets treated like a hotel room.
01:21
If you've never used Airbnb before,
01:23
I have a series about how to use it
01:25
and how to find the best places on Airbnb
01:28
when you're traveling.
01:29
So, click the cart popping up here to watch that
01:31
before you book anything.
01:32
Pick a place close to a tube station.
01:35
If you're planning on using
01:36
public transportation to get around,
01:38
as a rule of thumb,
01:39
don't pick any accommodation that is further
01:41
than 10 minutes walking distance to a tube station.
01:44
Anything farther than that,
01:45
then you're probably gonna get really tired of walking back
01:48
and forth to the tube station
01:49
every time you wanna go some place.
01:51
Don't rely on the hotel
01:52
or the Airbnb to tell you
01:53
what the walking distance is to the tube station.
01:56
Actually put it into Google Maps
01:57
to see what the true time is.
02:00
If you'll be partying,
02:01
choose somewhere close to a stop on the night tube.
02:04
As I'm filming this,
02:05
select lines and select stops on the underground
02:08
are open all night on Friday
02:09
and Saturday nights.
02:11
If you're gonna be partying
02:12
and you don't wanna pay for Ubers
02:13
or taxis to get you home,
02:15
then you wanna stay someplace
02:16
that is close to a tube station
02:18
that's actually gonna be running at night.
02:19
As I'm recording this video,
02:20
they keep adding new lines
02:22
and new stops to the night tube systems.
02:24
So, I have a link down the description box
02:26
that let's you know the most up-to-date information
02:29
on the availability of the service.
02:30
Consider the distance from the airport
02:32
when choosing a place to stay.
02:34
All but one of London's airports are located fairly far
02:37
outside of London.
02:39
So, if you're only coming here for a couple of day,
02:41
you wanna take that into consideration.
02:43
Also if you're planning on taking public transportation,
02:46
to get to and from the airport,
02:48
you wanna double check on Google Maps to see,
02:50
how long it's gonna take you to get public transportation
02:53
to your hotel
02:54
and also, how many time you gonna have to change.
02:57
If you have to take three separate underground lines
02:59
and you're carting around all of your luggage,
03:01
that is gonna be a struggle.
03:02
For a short stay I recommend staying in an airport hub area.
03:06
I consider an area to be an airport hub if it's really easy
03:09
to get to via public transport from the airport.
03:12
So, for Heathrow airport Paddington is a hub
03:14
because the Heathrow connect
03:16
and Heathrow express goes directly to the Padington station.
03:19
For Gatwick staying near Victoria is ideal,
03:21
as that's where the Gatwick express will take you to.
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If you're flying into Stansted
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stay near Liverpool street station.
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If you're planning on taking the Stansted express
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and if you're flying into Luton,
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I'd stay around King's Cross for easy access to get to
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and fro the airport.
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Choose you're location depending
03:36
on what you wanna get out of your trip.
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If you're keen to see all the major sites
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and don't wanna have to hop
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on public transportation all the time,
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then staying in zone one is a must.
03:45
If you want more of a local London experience
03:47
then you can definitely get away with going to zone two
03:50
and maybe some places in zone three.
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Will not get that local experience in zone one
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pretty much no one lives in zone one
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unless you're a Bugilionaire.
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I don't want to know what that is oh hey
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I don't know what that is that's brown
00:07
and it's a scam bucks no I swear you
00:15
like just like to see me suffer okay so
00:18
a couple of weeks ago we went and stayed
00:20
in the worst rated hotel in Birmingham
00:22
if you missed it 100% going check that
00:25
out and it is time again but this time
00:27
we're going to London times gonna be
00:30
different because we're gonna be staying
00:31
in a wonderful establishment called
00:33
Hotel Sofia is right next door to
00:36
Paddington Station
00:37
it cost me you know what I'm gonna keep
00:41
that one under wraps I'm not gonna let
00:43
you know how much it cost until after I
00:45
don't want it to sway you but let's just
00:46
say if it's just at least a fraction
00:50
decent it's worth it we are upping the
00:53
ante in this video
00:54
ladies and gentlemen and my non-binary
00:56
beauties because I went onto Amazon and
00:59
as per your request
01:01
God backlight we can rip everything
01:04
apart pull the sheets of look at the
01:06
mattress look at the pillows the
01:07
bathroom I also picked up some white
01:09
cotton gloves so we can examine the dust
01:12
levels and we're just going full
01:14
investigation mode so full disclaimer
01:17
this is the worst rated hotel I'm not
01:20
calling it the worst hotel it's just
01:22
simple fact that it's one of the worst
01:24
rated hotels in London okay so this
01:27
hotel got one excellent rating one three
01:32
good 14 average 27 pool and 80 terrible
01:37
it looks great but unlike the Britannia
01:40
hotel that we did in Birmingham maybe a
01:41
couple of weeks ago
01:42
this one doesn't try and lie with the
01:44
expectation versus reality on the room
01:46
but how horrible is it let's read some
01:48
reviews hell hole one circle this is
01:51
quite definitely West they find there
01:53
the same dirty shower did not work
01:54
properly team he did not work absolutely
01:56
awful what is it did not feel safe
01:58
fabulous hotel from hell hands down the
02:01
worst hotel I've ever been - smelly
02:03
filthy but rhythm the only thing
02:06
sound about the only thing is if there
02:09
are bedbugs and I can't change into a
02:11
room that doesn't have bedbugs I
02:13
honestly will not stay there and getting
02:16
a last minute sounded really expensive
02:19
so let's hope there's no air little
02:21
critters joining us don't book here
02:24
worst and terrible don't book yet will
02:26
disappoint your whole trip real
02:28
nightmare the bed had live bugs and I
02:32
think that's enough reviews I'm going to
02:34
finish packing we're gonna head down to
02:35
London and I will see you a hotel Sofia
02:38
well we'll get our investigation hats on
02:41
and pray to all the lords that we can
02:46
sleep in that establishment tonight's
02:52
[Music]
02:53
they say shooting for one night
03:02
[Music]
03:26
no bags go on the bed until we check it
03:30
right quick overview this is the room
03:35
mean from a distance doesn't look bad at
03:39
all for what you're paying which I'll
03:42
tell you soon
03:43
oh god oh god oh god the stains oh my
03:48
god
03:49
it's okay nice another drip you tap is
03:54
this a thing okay we need to go through
03:59
specifics got my cheap white gloves on
04:02
from Amazon I feel like a crime
04:03
detective or something okay there's a
04:06
lot to cover we're gonna start with the
04:08
entrance do a really good walkthrough I
04:12
guess some lights it was already on
04:17
excellent nice crack there but I ain't
04:20
gonna hold that against them good
04:22
Anthony skirting boards now
04:27
oh my god it's thick it's thick that's
04:34
really my stuff since days I don't want
04:39
to know what that is
04:40
Oh me I don't know what that is but it's
04:45
brown and it's a steer then we have the
04:48
bathroom door
04:50
nice nice if they like fill that in with
04:54
cardboard that's lovely that how did it
05:00
get there that is my question all right
05:02
we're gonna do it because I mean that
05:04
was from the skirting board so we're
05:06
going to look to the other finger okay
05:11
never heard I'm gonna have to ask Adam
05:14
Scott what this is all about
05:15
that's the electrician only he was here
05:18
to save me now what is that that red
05:23
thing again Eli Scott oh no it gets
05:28
worse oh wow that is thick that is
05:37
really thick you seal the skirting like
05:41
board linings whatever you call these
05:43
the trimmings very new look in very good
05:46
condition
05:47
oh and then we have some lush stains
05:49
right there that is nice Oh more oh it
05:52
doesn't end all we have a nice splatter
05:55
something again not sure I want to know
05:59
army you know they need just need a
06:01
little pledge I need a little pledge in
06:02
their life on that behind nothing
06:07
untoward Oh God
06:09
the cats or now from the last one
06:11
someone's home it's about you check the
06:12
kettle this time and this one is already
06:16
giving me the I don't need coffee in my
06:19
life anymore vibe which if you know me
06:22
says a lot
06:23
so the kettle itself is absolutely
06:25
filthy on the outside I mean it hasn't
06:28
even been wiped
06:29
oh that's a buildup
06:35
you've got ah oh that oh that is
06:40
disgusting that is so I don't know if
06:44
you can see that even Wow
06:50
Oh God the mugs no hold on I need light
06:57
for this
07:00
oh my god they have their rank ah me are
07:10
you clear that no one uses these cups
07:13
and haven't for a long time what about
07:16
just surface dust cuz alright they don't
07:18
clean the skirting boards but surely
07:20
they give the surfaces of wipe all
07:23
there's a hair I kidding oh it's sticky
07:25
there you know you're just passing
07:27
sticky not not horrific but it's like
07:32
all sticky there what is that nasty
07:37
right so yep
07:43
nice Oh lovely
07:47
oh that's fabulous so many hairs it's
07:52
like a family of hairs
07:54
Oh DNA that's in this room new clothes
07:59
[Music]
08:01
are you oh you do Oh
08:08
now you don't oh god it's like falling
08:17
apart on me okay so the window doesn't
08:21
close that's fab in winter I'm glad they
08:25
have that feature it's like the air
08:27
conditioning he never asked for in
08:28
February in London you okay for the bed
08:31
we're gonna do is we're gonna do black
08:33
lights last I just need to check for
08:36
bedbugs and visible stains to the naked
08:39
eye first I'm gonna give myself a little
08:41
bit of privacy because people are
08:43
definitely watching all right there's
08:46
some fresh gloves on so I don't dirty up
08:47
the bed and be misleading so we've got
08:49
our two beauty soaps love live let's do
08:52
the towels first from first glance not
08:56
bad at all oh oh nice well you know
08:59
wouldn't be a party without you babe oh
09:03
you know oh another one and another one
09:08
and another one
09:11
my god it's just covered in people and
09:14
of course one on the pillow nice
09:17
lost stain there lovely so someone asked
09:21
me in the last video how do I check for
09:23
bedbugs right if you can't actually see
09:26
bedbugs then you need to look for little
09:30
red dots on the cover so what you do is
09:33
you pull back on this and they'll
09:39
normally be hiding like around the seams
09:41
and stuff in here so you want to check
09:47
like all of the edges they're really
09:50
tiny when they haven't been feeding
09:52
that's why normally if you look for red
09:54
spots and stuff you it's a giveaway sign
09:56
and if it's absolutely over in like
09:59
infested they will crawl up the walls
10:02
but apparently if they're crawling up
10:04
the walls that's like next-level in
10:06
infestation kind of thing so give me a
10:09
second okay so far so good
10:20
lordy Lordy I think we're all right
10:23
right I think we're okay for bedbugs I
10:26
don't see any sign of bedbugs no little
10:29
black bugs obviously or any spots
10:31
staining nothing creepy crawly no even
10:34
tiny low black spots like those one but
10:37
it was Beth laughs I watched her and it
10:39
was so tiny and I just picked up this
10:41
fluff so I think we're good I think we
10:43
can stay here tonight
10:44
yay bathroom nice all right let's start
10:50
a sink and the lights is oh my god my
10:58
wall is going on
11:01
the mirror is filthy it's gonna be
11:04
really hard to show you it's got lots of
11:08
splatters on it well now that's the kind
11:13
of sinkhole you like to see look at it
11:16
it coats it in God knows what side so
11:20
again we understand at the bottom of the
11:22
walls the connector to the floor
11:24
I'm not Wayne oh here Oh noise oh I mean
11:37
come on at least clean the toilet oh why
11:48
is this not clean much as I stood I
11:54
slightly listening to this I have the
11:56
bloody ha oh come on you cannot run a
12:00
hotel like this
12:03
you want to use these it's just our
12:09
gonna trick for the shower nice
12:13
oh I love a gradient I love a good
12:16
gradient okay
12:18
start from the bottom work our way up so
12:20
go lots of like watermarks which oh my
12:23
god they come off so easy there's no
12:25
excuse for this this is the end of the
12:29
shower curtain Mamma Mia
12:32
well that's nice I like that oh we got
12:35
some mold love a bit of mold it's like
12:40
everywhere you turn
12:42
oh it's the moment you're all waiting
12:44
for it's got actually said to me you
12:46
actually gonna do the blacklight on the
12:47
bed before you have to get in it because
12:49
I do it in the morning I'm like no I
12:51
need to do it today
12:51
I like this half face we got I'm gonna
12:53
see if we get dark enough though with
12:55
these curtains they'll show up otherwise
12:57
we're gonna have to wait till later to
12:58
get the full effect
13:01
they go all right curtains have been
13:04
closed kind of waiting yeah they're
13:17
pretty clean
13:23
[Music]
13:24
hmm okay towels pass the test pillowcase
13:29
is clean right pillowcases are clean oh
13:36
wow
13:38
I say let's take the pillowcase off I
13:42
first like have alien it's like a pod no
13:46
way how old are they no pillow
13:51
protectors Ben I'm not overly surprised
13:53
Wow that is bold nothing crazy
13:59
except for the states of this pillow
14:02
another hair lush take it away I mean at
14:08
that and that's real bad but in terms of
14:14
stains sweat stains etc I mean maybe
14:20
it's just so old it's just a pile of
14:21
dust now but nothing showing up actually
14:25
quite disappointed Oh
14:29
oh that's nice oh that's so nice
14:35
get off so I need I might
14:38
okay nevermind what is that
14:47
nice trip the bloody hell is up
14:55
Hey
14:58
God feels like a sign can you not even
15:01
see that
15:04
why does this say a there when I shine
15:07
this light on it
15:09
no bueno okay I think it's pretty safe
15:12
to get on oh oh oh when your knee hits a
15:17
spring then the floor hooray right I
15:20
want to say that in general they've
15:24
cleaned the sheets pretty well before it
15:26
is time so this is a pretty new mattress
15:31
because I heard all the new ones now
15:33
come with big tears in them oh that's
15:35
nice
15:37
see that right there you know I think
15:41
the bed I was expecting worse I'm not
15:45
gonna lie I was expecting worse that's
15:52
on the shower
15:59
oh that's really good that's really nice
16:02
oh I didn't even think to check under
16:05
here
16:06
whoa I didn't even think to look under
16:11
here
16:16
Wow oh wow
16:21
oh that looks like bloody I don't know I
16:28
mean that I don't want to see that I
16:35
gotta use that so it is now a 3 p.m.
16:43
we've done our walkthroughs doing our
16:44
white glove we can conclude it's
16:47
absolutely filthy and disgusting ok but
16:50
there are no bedbugs and they'll barely
16:52
any stains on the mattress and the
16:53
sheets do seem to be clean so oh no go
16:56
ahead now I've found a cafe or a bar or
16:58
something and just do some work for
16:59
esterday and not be in this room and
17:01
then we're gonna come back tonight
17:03
of course or film then we'll film then I
17:10
will get some sleep and we'll do the
17:12
whole nighttime thing but I think that's
17:14
enough for me just for now I hope you're
17:17
enjoying it so far
17:18
I'll see you tonight I've high bun which
17:21
means it is time for bed
17:24
Oh ahh so comfortable so luxurious okay
17:29
so I'm gonna try and sleep tonight
17:31
actually I've gotta say this bed is nice
17:35
but how does the one in Birmingham we're
17:37
gonna sleep it's very noisy the moment
17:39
an ambulance or police car comes past
17:41
coz I can't close the window it's very
17:43
loud but I've got some Shane Dawson to
17:46
watch so I will be okay and I will ever
17:49
give you updates
17:50
hopefully not through the nights cuz I
17:52
will sleep through the night but we
17:54
shall see we shall see on it you know I
18:04
just missed like a nice chorus of cars
18:11
there was nice I enjoyed that the
18:14
beeping that's horns that's Pleasant
18:19
my throat is really a tube full of dust
18:25
you know I didn't realize yesterday the
18:30
heavy hand towels that Heine good
18:35
morning how is everyone
18:37
would you believe I slept through the
18:40
night
18:41
morning London huh Oh lovely sky
19:08
breakfast I was gonna sit there and film
19:20
a little video but maybe not would you
19:26
believe I actually had a really good
19:29
sleep last night it took me a long time
19:31
to get to sleep don't get me wrong what
19:34
is it with these really bad hotels that
19:35
I have really good night sleeps
19:37
maybe I just belong in the dirt and the
19:40
filth little hand towels just sit on
19:43
here
19:43
we can talk I'm gonna run through some
19:46
ratings and just give this place an
19:49
overview this hotel right next to
19:52
Paddington train station which is
19:54
literally just there cost 40 pounds a
19:58
night when I saw this I was like it's
20:00
gonna have to be pretty bad to kind of
20:02
counteract the incredible one location
20:05
and to price center of London except
20:08
Paddington Station for 40 pounds a night
20:10
that is insane but so is this room okay
20:14
so ratings the staff have been nothing
20:17
but nice so far nothing but friendly the
20:21
person who checked me in last night
20:22
absolutely lovely kind whatever for the
20:25
staff at least an eighth complimentary
20:28
shampoos out of ten for the location
20:31
I've gotta give it an 8 I've got to give
20:32
it an 8 out of 10 - location I wouldn't
20:34
give in 10 just cuz it is so noisy at
20:38
night and in the morn
20:39
there's no way you can relay drillings
20:41
already started for me the perfect
20:43
location of a hotel is like near this
20:46
kind of place which is slightly off side
20:48
waiting a little bit of quiet but I
20:50
easily hello
20:51
cleanliness I'm sorry I've got to give
20:54
the cleanliness rating a one bedbug out
20:57
of ten because at least the sheets were
21:00
clean got just everywhere I'm looking
21:02
it's just absolutely disgusting and to
21:05
me it's not like the Birmingham one at
21:07
least the Birmingham one was pretty
21:10
clean except for under the bed in the
21:12
skirting boards but it was nothing like
21:14
this the Birmingham one in terms of that
21:16
we should super outdated and broken my
21:19
mind there is no excuse for hotel to be
21:24
this dirty a little soap and water it's
21:28
not expensive but oh my god it's got to
21:30
a point where they'd have to literally
21:33
gut the place now
21:40
and a good morning to you too I guess
21:43
they'll be fried chicken it would have
21:44
to take a lot for me not to recommend
21:47
this even as a backup because with the
21:49
Birmingham one I always I said you know
21:51
look if you really need there just a
21:53
place to crash further price it's a
21:56
bargain it's not the greatest place but
21:58
you'll survive for the night I can not
22:01
even for forty pounds near Paddington
22:04
Station in this location and that ranked
22:06
I can't recommend it I cannot even
22:10
recommend it even if I mean you'd have
22:12
to be really desperate really really
22:16
stop it
22:18
really really desperate um yeah I can't
22:21
I can't I'm sorry
22:22
so whilst the staff and the location it
22:25
got high scores I don't even feel fair
22:28
giving it an average because those two
22:31
scores would bring it up because within
22:33
the room and the bathroom and everything
22:36
is so bad I can't give it it even half
22:40
decent rating so there we have it
22:43
Hotel Sophia in London and one thousand
22:47
and something kind of one thousand or
22:48
something it was like pretty much at the
22:50
bottom of over a thousand hotels in
22:52
London and I know why now but anyway I
22:55
hope you enjoyed another episode of me
22:58
investigating of the worst rated hotels
23:01
to be fair even though it's grimy it's
23:05
dirty it's a lot of fun to make these
23:07
videos and I'm really glad that you are
23:08
enjoying them as well so if you have any
23:11
other hotels in the UK or abroad and put
23:14
together like a list whenever you put
23:15
recommendations in I'm straight to
23:17
TripAdvisor to see what the rating is
23:18
and things like that
23:19
so do let me know down below if you had
23:21
a horrific hotel experience and where I
23:23
should visit next yeah I love you and
23:25
leave you and I'll see you in the next
23:26
video so I just checked out and the
23:31
cleaner took my key and I asked for an
23:33
invoice so I can claim
23:36
and just tell me the receptionist is
23:39
asleep I said what can you wake them up
23:42
I mean it makes sense if they using that
23:47
mop [~DETAIL_TEXT] => 00:00
I don't want to know what that is oh hey
00:05
I don't know what that is that's brown
00:07
and it's a scam bucks no I swear you
00:15
like just like to see me suffer okay so
00:18
a couple of weeks ago we went and stayed
00:20
in the worst rated hotel in Birmingham
00:22
if you missed it 100% going check that
00:25
out and it is time again but this time
00:27
we're going to London times gonna be
00:30
different because we're gonna be staying
00:31
in a wonderful establishment called
00:33
Hotel Sofia is right next door to
00:36
Paddington Station
00:37
it cost me you know what I'm gonna keep
00:41
that one under wraps I'm not gonna let
00:43
you know how much it cost until after I
00:45
don't want it to sway you but let's just
00:46
say if it's just at least a fraction
00:50
decent it's worth it we are upping the
00:53
ante in this video
00:54
ladies and gentlemen and my non-binary
00:56
beauties because I went onto Amazon and
00:59
as per your request
01:01
God backlight we can rip everything
01:04
apart pull the sheets of look at the
01:06
mattress look at the pillows the
01:07
bathroom I also picked up some white
01:09
cotton gloves so we can examine the dust
01:12
levels and we're just going full
01:14
investigation mode so full disclaimer
01:17
this is the worst rated hotel I'm not
01:20
calling it the worst hotel it's just
01:22
simple fact that it's one of the worst
01:24
rated hotels in London okay so this
01:27
hotel got one excellent rating one three
01:32
good 14 average 27 pool and 80 terrible
01:37
it looks great but unlike the Britannia
01:40
hotel that we did in Birmingham maybe a
01:41
couple of weeks ago
01:42
this one doesn't try and lie with the
01:44
expectation versus reality on the room
01:46
but how horrible is it let's read some
01:48
reviews hell hole one circle this is
01:51
quite definitely West they find there
01:53
the same dirty shower did not work
01:54
properly team he did not work absolutely
01:56
awful what is it did not feel safe
01:58
fabulous hotel from hell hands down the
02:01
worst hotel I've ever been - smelly
02:03
filthy but rhythm the only thing
02:06
sound about the only thing is if there
02:09
are bedbugs and I can't change into a
02:11
room that doesn't have bedbugs I
02:13
honestly will not stay there and getting
02:16
a last minute sounded really expensive
02:19
so let's hope there's no air little
02:21
critters joining us don't book here
02:24
worst and terrible don't book yet will
02:26
disappoint your whole trip real
02:28
nightmare the bed had live bugs and I
02:32
think that's enough reviews I'm going to
02:34
finish packing we're gonna head down to
02:35
London and I will see you a hotel Sofia
02:38
well we'll get our investigation hats on
02:41
and pray to all the lords that we can
02:46
sleep in that establishment tonight's
02:52
[Music]
02:53
they say shooting for one night
03:02
[Music]
03:26
no bags go on the bed until we check it
03:30
right quick overview this is the room
03:35
mean from a distance doesn't look bad at
03:39
all for what you're paying which I'll
03:42
tell you soon
03:43
oh god oh god oh god the stains oh my
03:48
god
03:49
it's okay nice another drip you tap is
03:54
this a thing okay we need to go through
03:59
specifics got my cheap white gloves on
04:02
from Amazon I feel like a crime
04:03
detective or something okay there's a
04:06
lot to cover we're gonna start with the
04:08
entrance do a really good walkthrough I
04:12
guess some lights it was already on
04:17
excellent nice crack there but I ain't
04:20
gonna hold that against them good
04:22
Anthony skirting boards now
04:27
oh my god it's thick it's thick that's
04:34
really my stuff since days I don't want
04:39
to know what that is
04:40
Oh me I don't know what that is but it's
04:45
brown and it's a steer then we have the
04:48
bathroom door
04:50
nice nice if they like fill that in with
04:54
cardboard that's lovely that how did it
05:00
get there that is my question all right
05:02
we're gonna do it because I mean that
05:04
was from the skirting board so we're
05:06
going to look to the other finger okay
05:11
never heard I'm gonna have to ask Adam
05:14
Scott what this is all about
05:15
that's the electrician only he was here
05:18
to save me now what is that that red
05:23
thing again Eli Scott oh no it gets
05:28
worse oh wow that is thick that is
05:37
really thick you seal the skirting like
05:41
board linings whatever you call these
05:43
the trimmings very new look in very good
05:46
condition
05:47
oh and then we have some lush stains
05:49
right there that is nice Oh more oh it
05:52
doesn't end all we have a nice splatter
05:55
something again not sure I want to know
05:59
army you know they need just need a
06:01
little pledge I need a little pledge in
06:02
their life on that behind nothing
06:07
untoward Oh God
06:09
the cats or now from the last one
06:11
someone's home it's about you check the
06:12
kettle this time and this one is already
06:16
giving me the I don't need coffee in my
06:19
life anymore vibe which if you know me
06:22
says a lot
06:23
so the kettle itself is absolutely
06:25
filthy on the outside I mean it hasn't
06:28
even been wiped
06:29
oh that's a buildup
06:35
you've got ah oh that oh that is
06:40
disgusting that is so I don't know if
06:44
you can see that even Wow
06:50
Oh God the mugs no hold on I need light
06:57
for this
07:00
oh my god they have their rank ah me are
07:10
you clear that no one uses these cups
07:13
and haven't for a long time what about
07:16
just surface dust cuz alright they don't
07:18
clean the skirting boards but surely
07:20
they give the surfaces of wipe all
07:23
there's a hair I kidding oh it's sticky
07:25
there you know you're just passing
07:27
sticky not not horrific but it's like
07:32
all sticky there what is that nasty
07:37
right so yep
07:43
nice Oh lovely
07:47
oh that's fabulous so many hairs it's
07:52
like a family of hairs
07:54
Oh DNA that's in this room new clothes
07:59
[Music]
08:01
are you oh you do Oh
08:08
now you don't oh god it's like falling
08:17
apart on me okay so the window doesn't
08:21
close that's fab in winter I'm glad they
08:25
have that feature it's like the air
08:27
conditioning he never asked for in
08:28
February in London you okay for the bed
08:31
we're gonna do is we're gonna do black
08:33
lights last I just need to check for
08:36
bedbugs and visible stains to the naked
08:39
eye first I'm gonna give myself a little
08:41
bit of privacy because people are
08:43
definitely watching all right there's
08:46
some fresh gloves on so I don't dirty up
08:47
the bed and be misleading so we've got
08:49
our two beauty soaps love live let's do
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the towels first from first glance not
08:56
bad at all oh oh nice well you know
08:59
wouldn't be a party without you babe oh
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you know oh another one and another one
09:08
and another one
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my god it's just covered in people and
09:14
of course one on the pillow nice
09:17
lost stain there lovely so someone asked
09:21
me in the last video how do I check for
09:23
bedbugs right if you can't actually see
09:26
bedbugs then you need to look for little
09:30
red dots on the cover so what you do is
09:33
you pull back on this and they'll
09:39
normally be hiding like around the seams
09:41
and stuff in here so you want to check
09:47
like all of the edges they're really
09:50
tiny when they haven't been feeding
09:52
that's why normally if you look for red
09:54
spots and stuff you it's a giveaway sign
09:56
and if it's absolutely over in like
09:59
infested they will crawl up the walls
10:02
but apparently if they're crawling up
10:04
the walls that's like next-level in
10:06
infestation kind of thing so give me a
10:09
second okay so far so good
10:20
lordy Lordy I think we're all right
10:23
right I think we're okay for bedbugs I
10:26
don't see any sign of bedbugs no little
10:29
black bugs obviously or any spots
10:31
staining nothing creepy crawly no even
10:34
tiny low black spots like those one but
10:37
it was Beth laughs I watched her and it
10:39
was so tiny and I just picked up this
10:41
fluff so I think we're good I think we
10:43
can stay here tonight
10:44
yay bathroom nice all right let's start
10:50
a sink and the lights is oh my god my
10:58
wall is going on
11:01
the mirror is filthy it's gonna be
11:04
really hard to show you it's got lots of
11:08
splatters on it well now that's the kind
11:13
of sinkhole you like to see look at it
11:16
it coats it in God knows what side so
11:20
again we understand at the bottom of the
11:22
walls the connector to the floor
11:24
I'm not Wayne oh here Oh noise oh I mean
11:37
come on at least clean the toilet oh why
11:48
is this not clean much as I stood I
11:54
slightly listening to this I have the
11:56
bloody ha oh come on you cannot run a
12:00
hotel like this
12:03
you want to use these it's just our
12:09
gonna trick for the shower nice
12:13
oh I love a gradient I love a good
12:16
gradient okay
12:18
start from the bottom work our way up so
12:20
go lots of like watermarks which oh my
12:23
god they come off so easy there's no
12:25
excuse for this this is the end of the
12:29
shower curtain Mamma Mia
12:32
well that's nice I like that oh we got
12:35
some mold love a bit of mold it's like
12:40
everywhere you turn
12:42
oh it's the moment you're all waiting
12:44
for it's got actually said to me you
12:46
actually gonna do the blacklight on the
12:47
bed before you have to get in it because
12:49
I do it in the morning I'm like no I
12:51
need to do it today
12:51
I like this half face we got I'm gonna
12:53
see if we get dark enough though with
12:55
these curtains they'll show up otherwise
12:57
we're gonna have to wait till later to
12:58
get the full effect
13:01
they go all right curtains have been
13:04
closed kind of waiting yeah they're
13:17
pretty clean
13:23
[Music]
13:24
hmm okay towels pass the test pillowcase
13:29
is clean right pillowcases are clean oh
13:36
wow
13:38
I say let's take the pillowcase off I
13:42
first like have alien it's like a pod no
13:46
way how old are they no pillow
13:51
protectors Ben I'm not overly surprised
13:53
Wow that is bold nothing crazy
13:59
except for the states of this pillow
14:02
another hair lush take it away I mean at
14:08
that and that's real bad but in terms of
14:14
stains sweat stains etc I mean maybe
14:20
it's just so old it's just a pile of
14:21
dust now but nothing showing up actually
14:25
quite disappointed Oh
14:29
oh that's nice oh that's so nice
14:35
get off so I need I might
14:38
okay nevermind what is that
14:47
nice trip the bloody hell is up
14:55
Hey
14:58
God feels like a sign can you not even
15:01
see that
15:04
why does this say a there when I shine
15:07
this light on it
15:09
no bueno okay I think it's pretty safe
15:12
to get on oh oh oh when your knee hits a
15:17
spring then the floor hooray right I
15:20
want to say that in general they've
15:24
cleaned the sheets pretty well before it
15:26
is time so this is a pretty new mattress
15:31
because I heard all the new ones now
15:33
come with big tears in them oh that's
15:35
nice
15:37
see that right there you know I think
15:41
the bed I was expecting worse I'm not
15:45
gonna lie I was expecting worse that's
15:52
on the shower
15:59
oh that's really good that's really nice
16:02
oh I didn't even think to check under
16:05
here
16:06
whoa I didn't even think to look under
16:11
here
16:16
Wow oh wow
16:21
oh that looks like bloody I don't know I
16:28
mean that I don't want to see that I
16:35
gotta use that so it is now a 3 p.m.
16:43
we've done our walkthroughs doing our
16:44
white glove we can conclude it's
16:47
absolutely filthy and disgusting ok but
16:50
there are no bedbugs and they'll barely
16:52
any stains on the mattress and the
16:53
sheets do seem to be clean so oh no go
16:56
ahead now I've found a cafe or a bar or
16:58
something and just do some work for
16:59
esterday and not be in this room and
17:01
then we're gonna come back tonight
17:03
of course or film then we'll film then I
17:10
will get some sleep and we'll do the
17:12
whole nighttime thing but I think that's
17:14
enough for me just for now I hope you're
17:17
enjoying it so far
17:18
I'll see you tonight I've high bun which
17:21
means it is time for bed
17:24
Oh ahh so comfortable so luxurious okay
17:29
so I'm gonna try and sleep tonight
17:31
actually I've gotta say this bed is nice
17:35
but how does the one in Birmingham we're
17:37
gonna sleep it's very noisy the moment
17:39
an ambulance or police car comes past
17:41
coz I can't close the window it's very
17:43
loud but I've got some Shane Dawson to
17:46
watch so I will be okay and I will ever
17:49
give you updates
17:50
hopefully not through the nights cuz I
17:52
will sleep through the night but we
17:54
shall see we shall see on it you know I
18:04
just missed like a nice chorus of cars
18:11
there was nice I enjoyed that the
18:14
beeping that's horns that's Pleasant
18:19
my throat is really a tube full of dust
18:25
you know I didn't realize yesterday the
18:30
heavy hand towels that Heine good
18:35
morning how is everyone
18:37
would you believe I slept through the
18:40
night
18:41
morning London huh Oh lovely sky
19:08
breakfast I was gonna sit there and film
19:20
a little video but maybe not would you
19:26
believe I actually had a really good
19:29
sleep last night it took me a long time
19:31
to get to sleep don't get me wrong what
19:34
is it with these really bad hotels that
19:35
I have really good night sleeps
19:37
maybe I just belong in the dirt and the
19:40
filth little hand towels just sit on
19:43
here
19:43
we can talk I'm gonna run through some
19:46
ratings and just give this place an
19:49
overview this hotel right next to
19:52
Paddington train station which is
19:54
literally just there cost 40 pounds a
19:58
night when I saw this I was like it's
20:00
gonna have to be pretty bad to kind of
20:02
counteract the incredible one location
20:05
and to price center of London except
20:08
Paddington Station for 40 pounds a night
20:10
that is insane but so is this room okay
20:14
so ratings the staff have been nothing
20:17
but nice so far nothing but friendly the
20:21
person who checked me in last night
20:22
absolutely lovely kind whatever for the
20:25
staff at least an eighth complimentary
20:28
shampoos out of ten for the location
20:31
I've gotta give it an 8 I've got to give
20:32
it an 8 out of 10 - location I wouldn't
20:34
give in 10 just cuz it is so noisy at
20:38
night and in the morn
20:39
there's no way you can relay drillings
20:41
already started for me the perfect
20:43
location of a hotel is like near this
20:46
kind of place which is slightly off side
20:48
waiting a little bit of quiet but I
20:50
easily hello
20:51
cleanliness I'm sorry I've got to give
20:54
the cleanliness rating a one bedbug out
20:57
of ten because at least the sheets were
21:00
clean got just everywhere I'm looking
21:02
it's just absolutely disgusting and to
21:05
me it's not like the Birmingham one at
21:07
least the Birmingham one was pretty
21:10
clean except for under the bed in the
21:12
skirting boards but it was nothing like
21:14
this the Birmingham one in terms of that
21:16
we should super outdated and broken my
21:19
mind there is no excuse for hotel to be
21:24
this dirty a little soap and water it's
21:28
not expensive but oh my god it's got to
21:30
a point where they'd have to literally
21:33
gut the place now
21:40
and a good morning to you too I guess
21:43
they'll be fried chicken it would have
21:44
to take a lot for me not to recommend
21:47
this even as a backup because with the
21:49
Birmingham one I always I said you know
21:51
look if you really need there just a
21:53
place to crash further price it's a
21:56
bargain it's not the greatest place but
21:58
you'll survive for the night I can not
22:01
even for forty pounds near Paddington
22:04
Station in this location and that ranked
22:06
I can't recommend it I cannot even
22:10
recommend it even if I mean you'd have
22:12
to be really desperate really really
22:16
stop it
22:18
really really desperate um yeah I can't
22:21
I can't I'm sorry
22:22
so whilst the staff and the location it
22:25
got high scores I don't even feel fair
22:28
giving it an average because those two
22:31
scores would bring it up because within
22:33
the room and the bathroom and everything
22:36
is so bad I can't give it it even half
22:40
decent rating so there we have it
22:43
Hotel Sophia in London and one thousand
22:47
and something kind of one thousand or
22:48
something it was like pretty much at the
22:50
bottom of over a thousand hotels in
22:52
London and I know why now but anyway I
22:55
hope you enjoyed another episode of me
22:58
investigating of the worst rated hotels
23:01
to be fair even though it's grimy it's
23:05
dirty it's a lot of fun to make these
23:07
videos and I'm really glad that you are
23:08
enjoying them as well so if you have any
23:11
other hotels in the UK or abroad and put
23:14
together like a list whenever you put
23:15
recommendations in I'm straight to
23:17
TripAdvisor to see what the rating is
23:18
and things like that
23:19
so do let me know down below if you had
23:21
a horrific hotel experience and where I
23:23
should visit next yeah I love you and
23:25
leave you and I'll see you in the next
23:26
video so I just checked out and the
23:31
cleaner took my key and I asked for an
23:33
invoice so I can claim
23:36
and just tell me the receptionist is
23:39
asleep I said what can you wake them up
23:42
I mean it makes sense if they using that
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Video subtitles: My life in a hotel room: Ireland’s hidden homeless crisis

00:14
Laura, do you know where the bag with the antibiotics is?
00:17
Oh, here.
00:22
That’s one antibiotic.
00:27
Don’t know where the room key is.
00:31
Nuala and her daughter Laura are homeless.
00:34
For the last two weeks,
00:35
this hotel room has been their home.
00:38
I can never find this.
00:41
There is no normality.
00:45
It's the not knowing, the uncertainty,
00:47
the insecurity, despair.
00:50
What is going to become of you.
00:52
Then failure.
00:54
Inadequate parent.
00:56
And it just spirals out of control.
01:01
Getting up in the morning, getting ready,
01:06
that in itself you have to deem as an achievement
01:09
and sort of say, 'OK, well, you've done it today.'
01:15
More than 9.700 people across Ireland are living like this,
01:19
in emergency accommodation.
01:27
Now my daughter goes to college,
01:30
I make a point of getting up and dropping her in
01:33
because I would hate to think what I would become if I didn't have that focus.
01:39
Right, see you at two-ish.
01:42
Love you lots, take care.
01:45
Nuala’s landlord was forced to sell by his creditors,
01:47
an increasingly common situation in Ireland following the financial crisis.
01:52
She was told with only three months' notice to find a new place to live.
01:57
OK, the U Store is here on the left,
01:59
that’s where all our belongings are stored
02:02
until we finally get somewhere to call home.
02:06
In reality, it slaps you in the face.
02:11
This was our life, this was our home.
02:13
And now we have neither.
02:16
This one here.
02:22
There’s something in the letterbox.
02:27
Yep.
02:29
And there’s no one in it … we could have been still there.
02:38
Oh my God.
02:44
There’s an envelope in there, I hope it’s not Laura’s bank account stuff.
02:49
How long were you living here?
02:51
Nine and a half years. Strange that I can't go in.
02:56
I was sort of half expecting to see blinds down, for sale sign up.
03:01
But no, it’s lying empty.
03:05
You know, gosh.
03:06
Are you angry?
03:08
No, you do get past that stage.
03:11
You just become, I suppose, numb.
03:14
And just go ... what could have been, what might have been.
03:17
You know, there was no need for me to be out so soon.
03:22
So I don't know what the delay is in putting it up for sale,
03:25
but I'm not angry.
03:28
When they first registered as homeless six weeks ago,
03:31
the council placed Nuala and Laura in various hostels on a night by night basis.
03:37
Here we go.
03:40
Thank you for calling Dublin city council’s self-accommodation line for hotel bookings.
03:45
Please hold. Thank you.
03:48
Their hotel placement is more secure, but Nuala has to call every two weeks,
03:52
to reapply for their room.
03:54
Your current position in the queue is seven.
03:59
Seven?
04:08
Your current position in the queue is seven.
04:11
Could be on seven for 20 minutes!
04:16
Hello.
04:17
Yeah, that booking has been confirmed there for you, OK?
04:22
Happy days, thank you so much.
04:24
No problem.
04:24
Have a good day, bye.
04:29
Done, two weeks.
04:31
Yeah, thumbs up!
04:33
I'd rather have a home!
04:41
There is a chronic shortage of social housing in Ireland.
04:44
Governments just haven't been building council houses.
04:48
As an alternative,
04:49
authorities offer a housing assisted payment scheme called HAP,
04:53
under which councils pay rent to private landlords.
04:57
Nuala qualifies for HAP but under the terms of the scheme, it's her responsibility
05:02
to find a home to rent on the open market.
05:04
And in Ireland today,
05:05
those are few and far between.
05:09
Every day she goes to the library to search for properties and apply for viewings.
05:14
It’s a nightmare.
05:15
It's an absolute nightmare.
05:18
All you want is just that one person to say,
05:21
'I'm going to give these two girls a chance.'
05:25
Would you have a computer free?
05:26
Just over there, number C4.
05:29
C4. Great, thank you so much.
05:31
She sends out at least five applications a day.
05:35
But in five months,
05:36
she's had no luck.
05:38
Rental properties are so in demand that few even make it to a public viewing.
05:42
Your confidence takes a battering every single time.
05:46
And there's only so many times you can be knocked down and you can’t get back up.
05:51
But if you don't apply, you won’t know.
06:03
Roger Berkeley has been an estate agent in Dublin for 40 years.
06:08
I have never seen it this chronic for tenants in how difficult it is to find a home.
06:15
I’ve never seen it as it is now.
06:18
Even though the rents have gone up, they’re sky rocketing,
06:22
rents that would have been €1,200 a month five years ago,
06:25
they’re now over €2,000 a month.
06:27
What would you say are the causes of this current crisis?
06:31
Lack of supply of houses or properties or apartments
06:36
for the increasing number of tenants that are coming to the market.
06:40
We’re coming up to a house in Palmerstown that we recently let.
06:45
So this house here, was this like a exemplary case of how the rental market works at the moment?
06:50
Homeless HAP?
06:51
Yeah, and that was a house that went for €2,000 a month.
06:54
This is the one thing about homeless HAP,
06:56
you can have last year’s professionals are this year's homeless HAP sometimes.
07:03
It's like putting a Band-Aid on an open wound,
07:05
it's shovelling money at a problem, it's not solving the problem.
07:08
The problem is going to be solved
07:09
by more housing being available for tenants, I think.
07:14
A succession of Irish governments has relied on private developers to construct the country's social housing,
07:20
but the private sector has failed to deliver.
07:24
Are you on a waiting list for a council house?
07:27
I am. I've been on it now
07:31
I would say seven years
07:33
and I'm listed in around the 600 mark.
07:41
So possibly another six or more years.
07:48
Nuala is one of more than 70,000 people on a waiting list for a council house.
07:53
But despite the huge demand, this current government has built fewer than 500 homes
07:58
since it was elected in 2016.
08:01
When this government formed in May 2016, priority number one was to deal
08:05
with the housing situation at that time.
08:07
We recognise that you can't fix the housing supply issue overnight,
08:11
so we put together a five-year plan,
08:13
which we launched in August 2016.
08:16
But according to that plan that’s 85% of the total of new social housing
08:21
is actually going provided by the private sector until 2021.
08:24
Our commitment to that plan is that with a 6bn spend of taxpayers' money,
08:28
is to deliver 50,000 new social houses.
08:32
Do you agree that the solution to the housing crisis
08:35
is for the government and the local authorities to be building more housing?
08:40
Absolutely and that's exactly what we're doing.
08:43
You've got 1,300 families in Dublin alone currently in emergency accommodation
08:47
which means moving from hotel room from night to night or week to week.
08:50
So we’re trying to make sure that those people spend a very short time
08:53
in that emergency accommodation,
08:54
then move on to a more permanent house and that can be
08:56
a rented house or a purpose-built house, but what they want is a house.
09:00
Literally every week we have a housing discussion, housing meeting,
09:02
to make sure we stick to our plans of investing taxpayers' money
09:06
in new social houses and that’s what we’re doing.
09:08
Built by the government and not by developers?
09:10
Built by the government, yes.
09:11
There’s a combination of ways of building houses.
09:14
This department doesn’t physically go out and put the blocks together.
09:16
Naturally you pay builders to do that.
09:18
But it's state money building state houses that the state will own.
09:23
While Ireland waits for these promised houses to be built,
09:26
there’s little option for the almost 10,000 people
09:30
squeezed out of the private rental market and into hotels and hostels,
09:34
but to wait and hope.
09:37
How are you feeling? Are you able to sleep?
09:39
I'm on medication, antidepressants and anti-anxiety.
09:42
Without those,
09:44
I wouldn't have that baseline of normality.
09:49
And really, it's not healthy to be living in this environment.
09:54
And it certainly isn't healthy for your child to witness a parent
10:00
who’s supposed to keep her safe and secure,
10:04
is now lacking in self-confidence and motivation.
10:10
Oh my God.
10:13
There's always that knot in your stomach.
10:16
That never leaves you.
10:19
You know, the people in reception know you're homeless.
10:23
And you're wondering how they perceive you.
10:26
Go on, go for a paddle Babs!
10:30
Ew, Mammy touched me, Mammy cooties!
10:34
You do feel that bit of stigma that is attached with that word 'homeless'.
10:39
You automatically assume
10:41
a rough sleeper, a down and out,
10:44
someone who may be addicted to drugs or alcohol or gambling.
10:48
You don't expect it to be just normal people.
10:52
Okie dokie, Babs.
11:02
You alright?
11:04
It’ll be fine, don’t get upset.
11:08
We’ll be grand.
11:13
The homeless charity Focus Ireland has been helping Nuala and Laura
11:17
since they were first made homeless.
11:19
They've put them on a shortlist of families to be considered for a flat which is being offered
11:23
exclusively to HAP tenants.
11:25
This is the problem I had last week trying to bloody locate it.
11:29
This is the second time the charity has put them forward for a flat in this block,
11:33
they missed out on the last one.
11:35
So do we have to park over here? Oh, is he looking for it?
11:38
Oh God, could be.
11:40
That’s, he was here last week with her!
11:43
So we’re all early.
11:44
We’re not good enough, obviously.
11:47
Come on Babs, let’s boogie baby.
11:49
Here we go again.
11:54
Looks nice.
11:55
It's a bigger block.
11:57
Like you're afraid to get your hopes up
12:02
but I suppose we have to have some sort of hope.
12:06
So fingers crossed.
12:09
Can I get back in the car?
12:11
'Can I get back in the car!'
12:12
I'm cold!
12:13
Get back in the car. There you go.
12:15
Thank you.
12:20
Just somewhere to call home,
12:24
somewhere you can cook and wash.
12:34
Yeah, hopefully.
12:37
Hopefully.

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