Rent Issues – European Forum – Family Mediation Mon, 20 Jun 2022 00:38:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rent Issues – European Forum – Family Mediation 32 32 Office of Planning Regulator refuses to attend Dublin City Council meeting to explain ordinances on build-to-let schemes – The Irish Times Sun, 19 Jun 2022 19:03:31 +0000

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) has for the second time refused to attend a meeting of Dublin City Council to explain its ordinances on build-to-let (BTR) schemes in the city.

Advisers from all parties and independents said the regulator’s “snub” was “an affront to democracy”.

The regulator has clashed with council and chief executive Owen Keegan over the council’s plans for BTR restrictions in the city’s next development plan. Councillors, senior planners and Mr Keegan said limits were needed to curb the unsustainable dominance of BTR apps in the city.

Earlier this year, Deputy Planning Regulator Anne Marie O’Connor asked council to remove policies from the draft development plan requiring 40 per cent of flats to be built to be larger than stipulated in departmental guidelines. The council has also been instructed not to block the development of small build-to-let projects of less than 100 apartments.

Responding to the regulator’s submission, Mr Keegan said the ‘overdominance’ of BTR schemes in Dublin has become ‘unsustainable’ with the potential to have ‘significant long-term negative impacts on the city’s housing needs “. He recommended councilors move ahead with restrictions on build-to-let schemes in the city’s new development plan.

Last month, councilors agreed to write to regulator Niall Cussen requesting his attendance, or that of a representative, at a council meeting to explain his opposition to BTR curbs. However, Mr Cussen refused, saying it would likely trigger a wave of similar demands from other local authorities.

Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland wrote again to Mr Cussen and Ms O’Connor inviting them to a meeting on Monday, noting councilors were calling on ‘the OPR to reconsider its position, noting a cross-party desire to hear from the office and engage in constructive dialogue”.

In response, Ms O’Connor wrote that it would be “not appropriate to attend” the meeting.

Councilors said the refusal to attend the meeting was undemocratic.

“We simply asked for a dialogue with the OPR at the town hall to bring more transparency and accountability to this process. This request was inexplicably denied and the possibility of democratic accountability was lost as a result,” they said in a statement.

“As a result, we have canceled Monday’s meeting and are rescheduling a meeting at a time determined by the OPR.”

In a statement on Sunday, the OPR said: “Contrary to the statement of DCC advisers, it is not for the OPR to force Dublin City Council (or any local authority) to comply with our recommendations. .” The OPR can recommend to the Minister for Housing whether to issue an instruction to a local authority, he said, but ‘it is ultimately the decision and legal function of the minister whether or not an instruction is issued’ .

New rental price statistics show 20% increase in SA, with Murray Bridge a hotspot Fri, 17 Jun 2022 23:40:17 +0000

Prices for private rentals have soared 20% over the past two years in South Australia, according to new figures from the SA Housing Authority.

Rents have particularly risen in towns south of Adelaide and at Murray Bridge, according to data gathered from bonds submitted to consumer and business services.

Although not as high, rent increases are more consistent in the Adelaide metro area, with rents in every postcode increasing over the past two years.

Statewide, the average rent for a home has risen to $350 to $420 for leases beginning in January-March 2022 from two years earlier.

The number of available homes has increased from 10,245 per quarter to 7,760.

Among the biggest increases are towns south of Adelaide, such as Willunga, Myponga, Sellicks Beach and Clarendon, where rents have risen by 40-67%, depending on location.

Julie Parsons, a McLaren Vale-based property manager, said the increase was due to strong demand for properties to buy — including from interstate people able to work from home — and low supply.

She said the area offered a country lifestyle while not being far from Adelaide or Victor Harbor.

“A lot of landlords sold, so tenants had to leave,” she said.

A single mother of four, Kirsty Rich was one such tenant.

She had to leave her six-year-old home in Aldinga Beach and was homeless for three months last year – couch surfing and using motels – before finding a place about 45 kilometers away.

Kirsty Rich may have to move out of the rental she found before her new home was built.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Malcolm Sutton)

She spent all her time looking for a new rental and had to move her children to a new school.

“It was so awful,” she said.

She bought land near where she currently lives – thanks to the help of her parents and an ABC Radio Adelaide listener – but is again at risk of being evicted from her home, the new owner looking to sell.

It could take up to 12 months to move into his new home from his tenancy, due to delays in council approvals and the start of works.

“It took me 12 months to find my land and I see the prospect of 6 to 12 months without knowing where [I’m] going to be,” Ms. Rich said.

Population pressure at Murray Bridge

While the biggest rent increases were in the small towns of Stansbury, Quorn and Andamooka, the biggest increase for a big city was in Murray Bridge – at almost 70%.

It now costs $450 a week on average to rent a house in the town 75 kilometers southeast of Adelaide, down from $265 in January-March 2020.

A bridge over a river disappears in the morning fog
There is very little social housing available in Murray Bridge.(Provided: Albert Goodridge)

Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis said it was a matter of ‘supply and demand’, with the town’s economy booming after setbacks such as the Thomas Foods slaughterhouse fire in 2018 .

He said the town’s population of 23,000 was growing and would one day overtake Whyalla and Mount Gambier.

“There are not enough places to rent across a range of accommodation types,” he said.

“It’s a good thing and a bad thing… People are starting to realize that it’s a very nice place to live.

“It’s not that far from the city and we have a lot of jobs – a lot of it is in the food processing industry, but not all of it.”

He hopes that new developments are on the horizon and that the building supply problems ease, the situation can be eased within 12 months.

Shane Maddocks, chief executive of – the gateway service for the homeless at Murray Bridge – said rents were simply becoming unaffordable for people on benefits or on low incomes.