In 2014 the National Economic and Social Research Council (NESC) in Ireland published a report which highlighted the opportunity of “cost rental” for Ireland’s social housing sector but did not go into detail on how it might be established. Following this, the Housing Agency began its own research into the feasibility of a cost rental system for some social housing provision in Ireland but wished to test some assumptions with independent experts. Therefore, in May 2015, the Housing Agency and ULI Ireland jointly hosted a roundtable to explore the idea of cost rental and other opportunities for improving the rental sector’s offer in Ireland.
This report offers a summary of the full day’s discussion by the group of multidisciplinary housing professionals and academics from Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and North America. The roundtable explored various rental options for the housing market in Ireland, based on experience from other markets across Europe and enabled a full and frank “Chatham House” style conversation, meaning all quotes from the roundtable are not attributed in the report and represent individual opinions and not necessarily factual positions.
The report also provides a synthesis of the substantive policy measures announced in the year since the roundtable, many of which directly address the issues raised in that initial discussion.
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