A survey from leading protection specialist Royal London has revealed that more than 1 in 4 people believe the onus is on the Government to solve the housing crisis by building more new houses itself.
The gender divide
The Royal London survey found that:
- 31% of females as opposed to 20% of males believe that the Government should apply stricter rent controls.
- More males than females, 32% to 24%, believe the Government should build more houses.
- Women appear to place greater focus on controlling the price of development land, with 16% of female respondents saying this should be the priority compared to just 10% of male respondents.
The distinction between gender opinion on the issue is particularly interesting – the survey illustrates that women are perhaps more inclined to take a legislative approach towards the solution, while men were more in favour of a construction-focused approach.
“Restrictions on AirBnB letting, greater financial incentives and even price-control on development land have been much touted as possible solutions over the last few years. The Government is taking steps to ease the housing crisis but it appears from our survey that quicker results are felt to be needed. The Residential Tenancies Act should help slow down rising rents in designated Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs)***, and bring about greater protection for tenants in the private rental market. The aforementioned ‘Project Ireland 2040’ scheme will provide a considerable number of new homes but these must be made available soon. Whatever the Government’s chosen approach is, it is clear that in the context of this issue a varied approach is needed to combat the critical situation that many Irish people find themselves in.”
Other highlights from the Royal London consumer survey included:
- People in Munster are marginally more in favour of rent controls.
- More people aged over 55 were in favour of cutting the amount of red tape involved in home building compared to other age groups.
- Those in Dublin and Leinster were more inclined to prioritise the Government building more houses itself – this was the most popular selection overall.
- Although some commentary has pointed to AirBnB as contributing to the housing and rental crisis – most people didn’t feel that addressing this is a priority.
- People under age 55 were more concerned with rent controls than those above - possibly because more people in these age groups are affected by rising rents.
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Royal London Consumer Survey
Recent reports have shown a huge reduction in the number of homes for sale or for rent. Which of the following measures should the next Government prioritise to solve the housing crisis?
|Total||Male||Female||Not married||Married||18-34||35-54||55+||Dublin||Rest of Leinster||Munster||Connaught/Ulster|
|Apply strict rent controls||25%||20%||31%||25%||25%||27%||26%||19%||25%||22%||28%||25%|
|Cut the level of planning using red tape/bureaucracy to speed up new home building||17%||20%||13%||17%||16%||16%||16%||20%||15%||17%||20%||16%|
|Create financial incentives to encourage landowners/developers to build more homes||13%||13%||12%||13%||13%||14%||12%||13%||12%||13%||13%||14%|
|The government should build more houses itself||28%||32%||24%||28%||28%||26%||28%||31%||30%||30%||24%||27%|
|Stem the proliferation of Airbnb as it is harming out housing market||4%||5%||4%||5%||4%||3%||6%||3%||6%||2%||4%||5%|
|Place price control on the price of development land||13%||10%||16%||12%||14%||14%||12%||14%||12%||16%||11%||13%|