The Social Democrats want to ensure that vibrant, sustainable communities are developed with good tenure and social mix so that every person and every family is able to access the right type and location of housing, at the right time of life.
Housing policy in Ireland has largely been seen as a market responsibility, which has led to an over-exposure to economic shocks for both individuals and the state. Since the property crash the private rented sector has doubled in size and now accounts for at least one in five households. Renting has become the most expensive form and least secure housing tenure.
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This new body would replace an existing agency, the Housing Agency. Some of the key roles/tasks of this new body would include:
As immediate measures to improve housing supply, our priorities are:
One in five people are currently renting in Ireland. Yet the rental market in Ireland is extremely precarious, with people losing the roof over their heads far too easily and often.
The Social Democrats want to see more certainty for those renting. Here are our proposals:
Our 12 point Renters’ Charter would make renting more secure. It includes the following:
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