Ultimately, we need more public housing. But that shouldn’t stop the government regulating short-term lets in the meantime, writes UCD lecturer Andy Storey.
While Waiting to Rebuild Them, Should the Council Refurbish Flat Complexes?
Many council-owned apartments are sitting empty in ageing complexes scheduled to be torn down and rebuilt in the coming years. Some argue that people could live in them in the meantime.
Mick: Perhaps the Government Doesn't Want to Fix the Rental Sector
“If we look at the major policy initiatives over the last two years, it is hard to draw any other conclusion,” writes Mick Byrne.
With Refurbishments Come Evictions and Rent Rises for Tenants
The housing charity Threshold says it’s had an increased number of calls from people who are being evicted on the grounds of “substantial refurbishment”.
Why Do Letting Agents Invite Such Big Crowds of People to Viewings?
Some letting agents don’t limit the number of people invited to viewings of up-for-rent homes, so as many as 100 might show up. Some say it’s fair, others that it’s heartless.
The New Urban Crisis, Reviewed
Richard Florida, author of 2002’s “The Rise of the Creative Class”, is back with a follow-up that looks at soaring housing prices in the world’s most successful cities, and offers some solutions.
Updated: How Much Should You Earn to Live in Different Parts of Dublin?
Last year, we ran a series of maps showing how much you needed to earn to rent an affordable one-bedroom apartment in the city. We’ve updated them and, no surprise, renting’s become pricier.
Council Briefs: HIQA, Homelessness, and Housing Lists
At last week’s Dublin City Council housing committee meeting, councillors discussed who’s monitoring homeless services and how to make sure you aren’t removed from the social housing list.
John's Lane West Hostel: Why Close It Now?
The protests after Focus Ireland closed the hostel laid bare the challenges of balancing short and long-term solutions to Dublin’s housing crisis.
50% of Social Housing Won't Be Reserved for Homeless Anymore
In an April letter to minister Alan Kelly, Dublin City Council chief Owen Keegan suggested that the rule encouraged people “to enter the ‘homeless’ system”.
Vacancy Watch: The Social Housing on Maxwell Road
In Dublin 6, nine empty social housing units might soon be filled. It’s taken a lot longer than it should have.
HSE's Vacant Properties: Could They Be Used for Housing?
A reader asked us to look into how many vacant properties the HSE has in the Dublin area, and whether they could be used for housing. Here’s what we found out.
Frank: Modular Homes for Homeless Families Could Be Lovely
If the houses are built to anything like the standards that apply in Austria or Scandinavia, the families who’ll end up living in them won’t want to leave.