Monday 16 January 2017

Urgency required in action on rents 

Since the foundation of the State, housing policy in Ireland has traditionally promoted owner-occupation, which has seen home ownership offered preferential treatment by governments through subsidies and incentives over the private rented sector. In the last few years, however, demand for private rented accommodation has increased dramatically, fuelled by a decline in social housing, population and demographic changes, low rates of mortgage lending since the financial crisis and, most recently, an increase in housing prices. The private...

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