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The New Housing Crisis
 
# 1 : Friday 31-7-2015 @ 01:07
 
 
After the property bubble and subsequent crash and slow recovery, it appears that in Dublin and to a lesser extent the other Irish cities that a new housing affordability crisis is emerging. Rents in Dublin have been on the sharp increase for some time now and Dublin City Council are proposing a relaxation on minimum size and design standards for new apartments to allow more single people to be in a position to afford accommodation in the city. Meanwhile many are calling for increased density residential development in urban cores and along high volume public transportation routes. Others are calling for more social housing.

So what do Gaireans think of the housing situation? What do you think needs to be done?


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# 2 : Friday 31-7-2015 @ 01:30
 
 
For a start FG need to keep their broken promise to end upward only rent reviews.
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# 3 : Friday 31-7-2015 @ 01:38
 
 
Someone said :
For a start FG need to keep their broken promise to end upward only rent reviews.

That's with respect to commercial property (shops, offices, industrial). This thread is aimed at discussion of residential property.
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# 4 : Friday 31-7-2015 @ 04:58
 
 
Well I think German-style rent controls should be introduced as commentators have said they work. Under this system, rent increases must be line with the locality and increases of over 20% within 3 years are banned.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rent_regulation
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# 5 : Friday 31-7-2015 @ 05:08
 
 
In my last apartment in Ireland I paid 625 per month, I've seen similar apartments in the same building going for well over 900 now. Crazy!
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# 6 : Friday 31-7-2015 @ 05:15
 
 
As long as the political system remains tied to those with a stake in high property values, such as landlords, property-developers, farmers and the legal profession, nothing will change.
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# 7 : Friday 31-7-2015 @ 10:12
 
 
Someone said :
Well I think German-style rent controls should be introduced as commentators have said they work. Under this system, rent increases must be line with the locality and increases of over 20% within 3 years are banned.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rent_regulation

They could introduce something like this, but it probably wouldn't be enforced and there are too many landlords with only a couple of properties. What we need are two or three large landlords with 1,000s of well maintained properties who charge rent that is in line with people's income. It shouldn't be cheaper to buy than to rent.
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# 8 : Friday 31-7-2015 @ 17:24
 
 
There is IMHO only one real long term solution to this issue. An increase in supply. The government both owns property in critical city centre properties and has the cash resources to begin construction. By themselves they can build a huge number of mixed residential housing that would greatly relieve the pressure and they can do it within the standards they propose to abrogate. Rent controls will not work. Increasing tenants rights (while worthwhile on its own grounds) will not work. Increasing rent supplement will BE A DISASTER.
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# 9 : Friday 31-7-2015 @ 17:27
 
 
I think there should be more affordable housing. Something in between a council estate and a normal apartment building.

Here ion Frankfurt I live in affordable housing, built by private companies but with special benefits from the state or city council.

You need a certificate to live here and can't earn more than a certain amount. The rent is reasonable, the location excellent and the view is amazing, I get the whole Frankfurt skyline plus the city forest.

Getting the apartment was also super simple, filled in a form and the week after signed the contract and was given the keys.

I pay 580 euro per month (including water, heating and maintenance services) and 42 sq m just for me.
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# 10 : Friday 31-7-2015 @ 17:40
 
 
Someone said :
I think there should be more affordable housing. Something in between a council estate and a normal apartment building.

Here ion Frankfurt I live in affordable housing, built by private companies but with special benefits from the state or city council.

You need a certificate to live here and can't earn more than a certain amount. The rent is reasonable, the location excellent and the view is amazing, I get the whole Frankfurt skyline plus the city forest.

Getting the apartment was also super simple, filled in a form and the week after signed the contract and was given the keys.

I pay 580 euro per month (including water, heating and maintenance services) and 42 sq m just for me.

That is an interesting (if jealousy inspiring) example of how things might be done differently in Ireland. Sadly, it seems at the moment that we are determined to repeat the 'entice developers, use rough tax incentives... be inexplicably shocked and appalled when it a. fails to produce the desired results and b. blows up in our face' model once more.
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# 11 : Friday 31-7-2015 @ 18:36
 
 
In general, I don't know why Ireland doesn't get its shit together.

There's enough wealth in the country and generally the population is quite young and well educated. It should be simple enough to sort a decent health system, transport network and affordable housing.
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# 12 : Monday 14-9-2015 @ 20:35
 
 
It looks like the housing crisis in Dublin is worsening. Rents are skyrocketing and many at the bottom of the housing system are forced to seek emergency accommodation as they find themselves unable to afford increased rents. Some find themselves completely homeless.

IMO we need a muiltidisciplinary housing task force - from housing agencies, local authorities, housing charities, government departments and academia - to tease out the key issues and devise a robust strategy to deliver sustainable, affordable housing. The current disjointed system of housing provision is clearly not working.
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# 13 : Monday 14-9-2015 @ 22:42
 
 
Someone said :
It looks like the housing crisis in Dublin is worsening. Rents are skyrocketing and many at the bottom of the housing system are forced to seek emergency accommodation as they find themselves unable to afford increased rents. Some find themselves completely homeless.

IMO we need a muiltidisciplinary housing task force - from housing agncies, local authorities, housing charities, government departments and academia - to tease out the key issues and devise a robust strategy to deliver sustainable, affordable housing. The current disjointed system of housing provision is clearly not working.

Absolutely agree 100%. Well said, JK. There is not a property shortage in Ireland or a land shortage. There is a house or home shortage. A spatial development plan is critical. I don't know what the medium term solution is but in long term, we need to start developing business, political and cultural structures around the midlands.
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# 14 : Tuesday 15-9-2015 @ 00:33
 
 
We need to revisit the aims of the original Land League, which were "fair rent, free sale and fixity of tenure".

In Gladstones Land Acts a Land Court was set up to set fair rents and prevent eviction of up to date payers. We need that now.

We need laws against class discrimination in the rental sector. Where you're from eg Tallaght should not count against you. Prejudice against the working/welfare class is one of the so called last acceptable prejudices.
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# 15 : Tuesday 15-9-2015 @ 18:07
 
 
Modular housing units are proposed as a partial solution to the housing crisis. Personally, this option should be looked into but alone it won't solve the housing problem which is very complex.

Link: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/modular-houses-offe etc ...

Would you be prepared to live in one of these modular dwellings?
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