Lunchtime on Newstalk

We were asked to speak to John Keogh on Jonathan Healy’s show (he’s covering while Jonathan is on paternity leave), to discuss the issue of rising rents.

We tried to emphasis several pertinent points, firstly is that prices are where they were in 2003, second is that rising house prices are meant to be good (we are told) but rising rents are not, what people want is rising prices and dropping rents and that’s not realistic.

Lastly is that the most impressive rent increases were not made by private landlords, they were made by the state and local authorities who have pushed up rents 80% while private rents are static over 10 years! Hopefully some of the true data makes it through to the public domain.

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