Thursday October 1, 2020

Editor’s view: Time to listen to all voices on the housing crisis

Housebuilder Glenveagh has some skin in the game when it calls for rent freezes to be avoided, but that doesn’t necessarily mean its proposals are no use

1st March, 2020
Stephen Garvey, the chief executive of Glenveagh, the second-largest housebuilder in the country, is against a rent freeze.

There is no shortage of opinion on how to solve Ireland’s housing crisis. One solution proposed by Sinn Féin was to freeze rents. When reports surfaced last week that a rent freeze was tentatively discussed during government formation talks between the Green Party and Fianna Fáil – who oppose it on the grounds that it would be unconstitutional – it was enough to scare investors in the country’s biggest private landlord Ires Reit by wiping...

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