that now through the strategy of Rebuilding Ireland changes will be felt in both the short and medium term. Time will tell.
The policy choices made by the Government in this matter have a huge bearing on its residents who either are seeking to purchase their first homes or are having to deal with hefty rent increases by landlords who are enjoying the luxury of being in the middle of a housing crisis when they can rent out property to persons who are willing to pay the highest price.
They are at the coalface of having to deal with overnight queues to purchase houses that even they know are over priced but that due to limited availability are left with little choice but to stump up the cash for or for those in the rental sector having been promised reform by way of rent control find themselves now having to deal with landlords who are circumventing this through a loophole which allows them to increase the rent in excess of the 4% per annum if they need to renovate the property or they have a family member who now needs to move into the property.
There have been plenty of anecdotal stories from renters who have been told this and they then discover a month or two later the same property for rent on a property advertising website, with perhaps a lick of paint and at a cost far exceeding the 4% rent control.
Social Justice Ireland is an advocacy group in Ireland who is an independent body who works to improve the lives of both people and communities by .
.providing independent social analysis and effective policy development to create a sustainable future for every member of society ( www.social justice ireland). It has published many articles regarding the need for long term sustainable housing for renters and house purchasers in Ireland. It published a paper in April 2019, in which it analysed in detail the housing market and argued that the exorbitant costs endured by those in the private rental sector makes it unsustainable to continue and that the Irish Governments policy choices so far are not making enough of a dent to stem the spiralling costs.
It has advocated that the Government needs to find different ways to finance and sustainable homes and argues that it needs to move away from the reliance of the private sector to take up the slack for the governments failure to provide housing to its citizens. Private rent paid by high earners is now leading the competition against those citizens in receipt of Housing Assistance Provision (HAP). This coupled with the scarcity of property, caused in part by Air bnb lettings, has only served to compound this pressing issue and it has proposed that the Government implement a new policy in its fight against homelessness, rising rents etc.
This group has drawn up its own model that it feels should be adopted by the Government in delivering its housing policy.
This proposed cost rental market is defined as all rental housing, irrespective of ownership, the rents of which cover only actual incurred costs of a stock of dwellings (Kemeny,1995 .Social Justice Ireland).
It has also made recommendations that in the next budget that the government should allocate 1.25 billion to housing, that it develops as described the cost rental market, that local authorities be instructed to increase the number of social housing builds, homeless services have their funding improved and to allow for the expansion of a previously introduced scheme that allowed owners of property once considered untenantable back into the market through tax breaks etc.
Employers are also affected by this crisis in the housing sector in Ireland. As already stated at the outset of this paper Ireland is experiencing full employment which necessitates the recruitment of staff from outside of Ireland to help fill the shortage of qualified personnel. The housing crisis is putting the allocation of thousands of jobs to Ireland according to business leaders. Barrie O Connell, the current president of Cork Chamber of Commerce agrees. The Chamber of Commerces are situated across every town in Ireland work to represent and promote the interests of its members, who are employers in the town. They also seek to develop local business projects and business to business exchanges. Barrie O Connell argues that there is an uncoordinated approach to housing policy being taken by the Government as there are 12 agencies who are involved in this area.
Peter Stafford, Director of Property Industry Ireland can relate to this issue. He says that employers previous issue used to be finding office space for their workers to work in but now the problem has moved to the issue of being able to find property for their newly hired workers to live in and at prices that are within budget. The problem is of marked concern in Dublin due to the cluster of high- tech companies in and around of the Docklands area which has driven both residents and poorer paid workers to seek accommodation further afield. Mr Stafford said many multinationals now find employees are reluctant to locate to Ireland and are asking for salary increases to offset the higher cost of rental accommodation (Loughlin, E).