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Building modular homes to ease housing crisis needn’t mean a return to the freezing-cold prefabs of the 1980s

Dr Catherine Conlon


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Modern modular homes in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photo: Aleksandr Volkov

Modern modular homes in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photo: Aleksandr Volkov

Modern modular homes in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photo: Aleksandr Volkov

Could modular homes solve the housing crisis? The ongoing severe shortage of properties to rent is being blamed for a further surge in the cost of accommodation.

Across the country there were just 1,087 homes available to rent at the start of this month – down by a quarter on the same time a year ago and about 25pc of the availability from 2015 to 2019.


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