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#Housing Crisis

# housing-crisis - Today’s News

'No family should be living in a shed': Warning over plan to allow log cabins as a form of housing

Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin said landlords would take advantage of the law if it was changed.

# housing-crisis - Sunday 15 July, 2018

Departments in talks about rolling out state-funded old age villages

There will be shared responsibility between the two departments to ensure that homes are supported by the HSE.

# housing-crisis - Thursday 12 July, 2018

Affordable housing: 'Taxing high end real estate transfers could fix the problem'

The city of Vancouver has increased taxes on unoccupied properties and the Province of British Columbia has just levied a tax on absentee owners, writes Chuck Collins.

# housing-crisis - Tuesday 10 July, 2018

'Say no to vulture funds': Applause breaks out as TD calls for support for new law aimed at keeping people in their homes

The bill, written by the Master of the High Court Edmund Honohan, was introduced in the Dáil today.

# housing-crisis - Wednesday 4 July, 2018

Report says local authorities should stop letting tenants buy council houses

The report launched today has also suggested councils should build smaller units so tenants can downsize when their children are grown.

# housing-crisis - Thursday 14 June, 2018

Over 3,500 new homes built in first three months of 2018

The CSO said it is using new methods to collate the data.

# housing-crisis - Wednesday 6 June, 2018

People 'unable to leave direct provision centres if they can't find alternative housing'

A report found the housing crisis is ‘contributing to bottlenecks’ in the asylum system.

# housing-crisis - Tuesday 5 June, 2018

'We are putting tourists into houses and homeless people in hotels'

AirBnB has been disruptive, not just to hotels’ market share but also to rent prices and rental supply, writes Patrick Costello.

# housing-crisis - Wednesday 16 May, 2018

Over half of available rental properties in Dublin aimed at tourists for short-term stays

The Dublin rental market is set to dip below 1,000 units, for the first time since 2001 by the end of this year.

# housing-crisis - Monday 7 May, 2018

'I'm 27. I'm living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform'

But a new plan for Inchicore means that ordinary young people like me can dream about renting at a price I can afford, writes Nicola Quinn.

# housing-crisis - Sunday 22 April, 2018

Fix it like Finland: 'Nowadays there isn’t a single rough sleeper on Helsinki streets'

The government could replicate the necessary conditions for a Finnish style turnaround, writes Jack Maguire.

# housing-crisis - Sunday 15 April, 2018

Ireland’s mooted Airbnb ‘licensing’ scheme would only be rolled out in Dublin

If the government goes down the route of a licensing scheme, it would not mean a roll out of blanket rules across the country.

# housing-crisis - Thursday 12 April, 2018

Minister: 'To solve the housing crisis, we need to build thousands of affordable apartments'

Minister Eoghan Murphy has claimed the cost of building apartments has dropped by as much as 15%.

# housing-crisis - Wednesday 11 April, 2018

'It's just mental' - End justifies the means for hardy house hunters camping out to pay a deposit

The houses are on sale on Friday, but some have been there since Monday.

# housing-crisis - Tuesday 10 April, 2018

# housing-crisis - Friday 6 April, 2018

'It's devastating': Permission granted for major 536 unit housing development beside Dublin park

'It's devastating': Permission granted for major 536 unit housing development beside Dublin park

Local politicians have argued that the land is not zoned for housing.

Homelessness: Do we want an Ireland modelled on Vancouver where the majority prosper?

I live in Vancouver. Now, watching Ireland’s homelessness crisis developing from here, it’s hard not to see these two worlds coming closer and closer together, writes Richard MacCarthy.

# housing-crisis - Thursday 29 March, 2018

Taoiseach declares homeless and housing crisis a national emergency

Leo Varadkar said the latest homeless figures are “disturbing”.

# housing-crisis - Wednesday 28 March, 2018

Ireland's chronic housing shortage is the economy's 'most pressing issue'

It is forecast to take years before new construction keeps pace with demand.

# housing-crisis - Thursday 22 March, 2018

TD says Revenue is fining homeowners who were approved for Help-to-Buy scheme 'in error'

Michael Moynihan said people are being asked to pay more than €100,000 to Revenue.

# housing-crisis - Thursday 15 March, 2018

'It's a gagging order': Department tells councillors not to discuss private planning applications

'It's a gagging order': Department tells councillors not to discuss private planning applications

Councillors have said the direction from the Department of Housing is an attempt to undermine local democracy.

# housing-crisis - Tuesday 13 February, 2018

'Deeply troubling': Dublin rent €380 higher a month than at Celtic Tiger peak

The lowest average rents were in Leitrim, at €542; and Donegal, at €599, a Daft.ie Rent Report found.

# housing-crisis - Saturday 10 February, 2018

Donabate to get more than 200 new homes after project gets green light

Prominent developer McGarrell Reilly wants to build over 250 homes in north Dublin.

# housing-crisis - Sunday 4 February, 2018

ALL PARTIES IN a case that involves two of Ireland’s biggest building companies clashing over pyrite should ensure remediation is paid to affected homeowners, the High Court has heard.

Ballymore Group is pursuing a case against a subsidiary of Ireland’s largest building materials company, CRH.

Ballymore was founded by Sean Mulryan, one of Ireland’s best-known developers, and has led the development of a slew of major housing projects across the country.

The case relates to one of the company’s developments at Portmarnock in county Dublin, called Drumnigh Wood. There are 145 houses in the development, which was built in 2007, and the court heard that pyrite has manifested in around 50 houses.

Some properties were sold for more than €1 million.

About 30 homeowners have taken legal proceedings against Ballymore, which in turn has taken legal action against CRH subsidiary Roadstone and two other companies, Murphy Concrete Manufacturing and William Miley.

Ballymore claims that the trio supplied materials that was responsible for the presence of pyrite in homes it developed in Drumnigh Wood.

pyrite cracks credit Riggsdoes youtube Pyrite in a house Source: Riggsdoes/Youtube

The court heard that most of the concrete for the development was supplied by Roadstone, with a smaller amount supplied by Murphy Concrete. Proceedings were first filed more than two years ago.

Remediation

Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy said that all the parties in the case should ensure that suitable remediation is paid to any affected homeowners if necessary. She said that the court proceedings could then decide who has the final liability.

“It is in all of your interest that if there is damage that you should all get together and find who is liable,” she said.

“All three parties should decide whether remediation is necessary and then find who is liable in the proceedings. All the parties could get together to sort it out, (but) I leave that matter with you.”

Justice Murphy said several times that it is not desirable for the case to be delayed, noting that proceedings have already lasted for more than two years.

She said that the case should be a straightforward one in terms of pleadings, although she acknowledged that proving liability could be very complex.

The case was adjourned and will be heard again in March.

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Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie

# housing-crisis - Saturday 3 February, 2018

A co-op housing group wants to build projects in south Dublin and border counties

It also hopes to source land for social rental accommodation in the midlands and west.

# housing-crisis - Saturday 27 January, 2018

'They know the gun is to the head': Vexatious objectors are delaying the construction of new homes

The head of the Construction Federation of Ireland said developers are paying objectors up to €10,000 to make their objections go away.

# housing-crisis - Tuesday 23 January, 2018

'Private renters need three months' notice and should know what previous tenants paid'

The maximum fine that landlords face for breaking the rules on notice periods should rise from €4,000 to €15,000, writes Róisín Shortall.

# housing-crisis - Sunday 21 January, 2018

How the Danish co-housing model could help solve Ireland's crisis

This type of housing scheme has started to break into the Irish market.

# housing-crisis - Saturday 13 January, 2018

'Social housing should not just be for people with low incomes – this creates ghettos'

All housing is social, and having a mix of backgrounds will set standards and reduce social problems, writes Kate Kavanagh.

# housing-crisis - Sunday 31 December, 2017

Housing 'passport' scheme could give those on city housing lists the option to move to rural Ireland

A review of the income eligibility limits for social housing supports has commenced.

# housing-crisis - Wednesday 20 December, 2017

'Ownership rights make it difficult to tackle neglect and disrepair in the private sector'

More than 10% of the 43,000 homes in central Dublin were empty on Census night 2016, writes Neasa Hourigan.

Rent rates in Limerick city are rising the fastest in the country

Rent rates in Limerick city rose by over 19% when compared to this time last year.

# housing-crisis - Thursday 14 December, 2017

Vacant shops could be converted into housing without planning permission under new rules

This would be the first of a series of planning measures to aid the creation of more housing, Minister Eoghan Murphy said.

# housing-crisis - Wednesday 13 December, 2017

€6.5 million apartments: 'These aren't the types of homes we need'

The sale of a €6.5 million apartment in Ballsbridge makes good headlines, but is symbolic of the growing divide in Irish society, writes Senator Kevin Humphries.

# housing-crisis - Thursday 23 November, 2017

These new rules aim to help tenants if landlords seek a 'back door' around rent limits

The Residential Tenancies Board wants to make clear what constitutes ‘substantial change’ to a property.

# housing-crisis - Wednesday 22 November, 2017

'Extremely worrying': A record high of 184 people are now sleeping rough in Dublin

New figures for October also show an increase in homeless families and single people.

# housing-crisis - Saturday 18 November, 2017

'Being homeless was so overwhelming. I never felt safe. I never felt the kids were safe'

Focus Ireland has brought 300 families out of homelessness.

# housing-crisis - Thursday 16 November, 2017

'Apologise or resign': Fury over council official's comments about 'bad behaviour' of Ireland's homeless

The head of Dublin’s homeless executive later said she could “probably have used better language”, but has not issued an apology.

# housing-crisis - Wednesday 15 November, 2017

FactCheck: Does Ireland really have a low rate of homelessness by international standards?

The Taoiseach and Housing Minister have both made the claim in recent weeks.

# housing-crisis - Thursday 9 November, 2017

Poll: Should landlords be able to move tenants out to carry out renovations? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should landlords be able to move tenants out to carry out renovations?

It’s been described as a ‘back door’ for terminating leases.

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