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1. Essentially, you should look up and see who is the owner of the flat in the Land Registry (known as the Property Registration Authority in Ireland) and find out who they are. Then ask them. Alternatively, you might find that someone in the same block who lives near the flat knows who is the owner. Then give the owner a ring and find out. Whilst there is no publicly accessible register of HAP tenants, there is a register of landlords in the Property Registration Authority www.prai.ie and you can also search there. Be aware that you are obliged to register your tenant in the PRAI.IE website anyway. So, they will be able to tell you if you are dealing with a registered landlord or with some other tenant. Be aware that this person has to be registered as a landlord with the Property Registration Authority to be able to rent a room to you. So, you can use either of these methods to find out if this person is genuine or not.
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3. You can make a complaint on the Property Registration Authority website as they have jurisdiction in all complaints about the renting of rental property, including in your situation, where you are being rented a room. It costs €40 but you can initiate a complaint against this person who is renting these two rooms and the authorities will take it from there. Be aware this person is probably operating without a licence as they haven't registered with the PRAI and this is why you should start a complaint there.