Commercial Property

Colm Lauder: Government must stop playing student politics with student accommodation

There is a real economic risk to the current proposals to change the rules on purpose-built accommodation for third-level students

Strong birth rates over the last twenty years, combined with a rise in net migration, are expected to increase further the number of student beds needed

Our commercial property columnist on:

• New rules are pushing student developments below the viability line

• Policy makers do not understand the consequences of the proposals

• The high percentage of private sector accommodation being taken up by students