Rental sector ‘cheerleaders’ are peddling a dangerous line

Our home ownership system is our welfare, our wealth and our safety net, and it is unwise to dismantle it without having a  plan B

18th August, 2019

At a conference in June, the house-builder Michael O’Flynn took issue with the “cheerleaders” of the new private rental sector. These are the politicians, commentators and policymakers who have supported its expansion through the involvement of investment funds. He also referred to the “herd mentality” of those touting the perceived benefits of long-term renting.

O’Flynn builds and sells houses, so he has skin in the game. Yet he is...

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