We need radical action to tackle the rental crisis

The only solution is to build affordable public housing on public land

29th December, 2019
We need radical action to tackle the rental crisis
It costs €7,500 more a year to rent in Dublin now than when Rebuilding Ireland was launched. Picture: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews

The industry response to Sinn Féin’s rent reduction and freeze Bill, details of which were revealed earlier this month, was as swift as it was predictable.

Giving hard-pressed renters a break would make the housing crisis worse, the sector claimed. Semi-professional landlords would exit the market. Institutional investors would delay projects. Supply would dry up, and everybody would be worse off. At best, we were told, a rent reduction and freeze...

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