There is currently no single representative body for you as a person in rental accomadation driving government to facilitate a fair and functioning rental market. The housing crisis is putting pressure on individuals and families, but rental costs are also hitting small-to-medium sized enterprises, start-up businesses, public services and the HAP scheme. This will filter through to the wage bill for multinationals and impact on Ireland’s competitiveness. The rental sector is feeding off the productive economy.
The rental crisis is also causing a student accommodation crisis in Dublin and other high-rent urban areas and makes third-level education less accessible and affordable.
Government policy around renting and buying has been asymmetrical for the past 20 years. It has been skewed in the direction of landlords developers and corporations. It’s time for that to stop.