Finn coming to Cork for tech job considers ‘work from youth hostel’ as time presses to find a home
“more and more desperate.”
Petteri Peltomaa, 27, thought moving to Cork to work as a data analyst would be a good opportunity to “get out of Finland during Covid and try something new, working for a big company”.
The job offer was all the more appealing as his employer would pay to stay in EazyCity accommodation for the first four weeks while he looked for a place to live long term.
“I had read somewhere about the housing crisis in Ireland, but I wasn’t too worried, as a young working single I didn’t think it would be too hard to find a room, then I arrived here, “Petteri said.
His roommates in EazyCity’s house told him that he had to start looking for a house immediately and that “two Finns had recently returned home after their month of paid accommodation was over because they could not find another place” .
Petteri was surprised and started inquiring through online home search groups, but he didn’t really panic until after Christmas when he contracted Covid-19 and moved on the 4th seemed to be an impossible feat.
“I couldn’t do any viewing, and no one from TELUS or EazyCity picked up the phone in the days after Christmas because everyone was off, I knew I couldn’t leave until the fourth and I didn’t know what to do, ”the technician said.
Fortunately, when he explained the situation to TELUS RH, the company immediately offered to pay an additional two weeks to give him time to isolate himself and look for a room elsewhere.
However, now that his new move date is only ten days away, Petteri isn’t optimistic he’ll find anything this time around either.
“I have sent 50 requests since Christmas and nothing has happened to me, now I think I might have to stay in a hostel and work from there for a while, but I don’t want to give up and go back to Finland for now, ”he says.
As someone with savings and a family who can help him out if he runs out of money, Petteri says he can only imagine how stressful finding a roommate in Cork City is for people who do not have its resources.
“You have to have access to social media and real estate sites around the clock to see new listings, so that’s one thing, and the other is that I can afford temporary housing when I leave here, a lot. many people will not be in this position, he reflected.
“I found it very stressful to try to find a house, I can’t imagine what it is for people who don’t have a plan B,” he added.