RTE Primetime: Homelessness crisis – a housing problem 24th November 2014

We took part in a panel discussion on homelessness and more importantly in the rise in rough sleepers. This issue was made worse by government policy and the reduction in low end housing at the same time as there was no investment in social housing.

We tried to point out that there are consequences to many policies and that were introduced such as rent allowance cuts in the past.

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Talking property with the Irish Times

Hugh Linehan of the Irish times had TD for Galway West Derek Nolan, Fintan MacNamara from the Residential Landlords Association and Karl from this parish.

The conversation was a fascinating one because it isn’t too often that you get to have an extended conversation with people who are involved in politics and the property business without it devolving into argument. Hugh Linehan did an excellent job of facilitating this format and we are looking forward to hearing more on the topic, kudos to the Irish Times for a job well done.

 

 

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Rent control, a misguided policy that just won’t go away

The idea of rent control is always a compelling one, that by decree you simply say ‘the price can’t rise’ and then it doesn’t. That this is a proven myth rarely factors in, take cities in the USA with rent control and you’ll also see that these same cities have some of the highest rents (like San Francisco and New York) because all rent control does is confer a transfer onto the incumbent renters.

When it happens for long enough you eventually get a disproportionate cost being carried by some cohorts who become structurally less well off because they face vastly different cost bases in rents even though they may earn an identical wage to their neighbour. It’s no wonder there was even a Mayoral Candidate in New York who’s party was named ‘Rent is too damn high!‘. Check out his debating style which is memorable if nothing else.

If housing cost control was a good idea then why not enforce …

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