“There’s a constant effort at balancing the interests. However there are fundamental contradictions in the interests of the tenants and the landlords. The landlord’s aim is to raise rent to make more money out of it and then the tenants aim is to have a secure place to live. This is playing out with slum landlords illegally evicting people using a high level of threat and violence, sending round heavies. RTB can’t really deal with that complex of a case or that level of force being applied by the landlord.”
The Government has recently seen fit to admit AirBnb is a massive problem with regards to the housing crisis. However, Eoghan Murphy has already claimed that any regulations will probably only apply to Dublin – this is even more shortsighted than you’d think. Patrick McCusker got looking at the facts to explore just how bad an influence AirBnb really is having outside Dublin.
Dublin Central Housing Action give the low down to the anti-eviction attempt at 52 Mountjoy Square and Paul Howard, whose been topping the polls for the past week as the nation’s most despised landlord.
The history of public housing in Ireland is, in many ways, a history of failure. Donal Fallon takes us for a trip in his De Loreon and introduces us to a champion of social housing who designed beautiful European art deco buildings for the city that still stand out as visionary models today. Regarded as a legacy of British rule, slumdom still defined much of the heart of inner-city Dublin … Read More
Above: Illustrartion by Holly Pereira. Check out more of her amazing work at Hyperpictures. Last January, the Master of the High Court Edmund Hanahan warned that over the next five years home repossessions were to increase five-fold. Already this year there have been 517 cases lodged by companies affiliated with vulture funds against debtors, that’s a tenfold increase from the 53 cases recorded in the High Court last year. Sean Finnan looks at … Read More
Above: Photos from the production. First the Red Road flats in Glasglow, and then the famous Balfron Tower that inspired JG Ballard’s High Rise.. As Ireland scrambles to get to grips with its housing crisis, director Paul Sng turns in a blinding exposée of the deliberate dismantling of social housing in the UK. It’s called Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle. Rashers Tierney caught up with him to hear … Read More
The government strategy on housing is to constantly repeat “spending commitments” and issue estimates for house building projects. Patrick McCusker dons his number crunching glasses and looks behind the headlines of the government’s housing strategy in Budget 2018. Overall spending is up to 1.9 billion in housing, which is a startling 46% increase on the 2017 budget. This figure includes 500m to meet a new target of 50,000 homes … Read More
Above: The “make it up as we go along” approach to tenants rights that a certain subsect of the slumlord species adheres to. Landlords are hiking up rents and leaving basic maintenance neglected, contributing to the return of turn-of-the-century tenement-style slums in Dublin. The return of slum accommodation has brought a return to the landlord tactics of old – illegal rack renting, overcrowding, and of course evictions. Sheila Meskill was … Read More
Above: This one ended up on our front page. An illustration by Mice that eviscerates our glorious leader. Her best yet? The Blueshirts anointed a new party leader recently and that man is a master of the spin game. Sam Noonan slips on a pair of waders and takes a poke around the slurry pit of our new Taoiseach’s career so far. You’ve heard about the government’s new Strategic Communications unit … Read More
Back in late October the Campaign For Public Housing burst onto the scene promising a water charges style agitation for that most basic of human needs. Harry Sal Lacey caught up with Eugene Mcartan to see if they tick any differently to the rest of the housing movement. What do you mean by public housing? Is this social housing or affordable housing or both? The difference between social or affordable … Read More