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DERELICTION OF DUTY: How successful has the new vacant sites levy been in freeing up land for housing development around Ireland?
It is one of the key planks of a government strategy to free up land for much-needed housing development. The vacant sites levy allows local authorities create a register of disused or derelict lands in their area. The owners of those lands would be charged an annual levy, first of 3% and then beginning next year 7% of the value of the land.
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THIS HOSTEL LIFE: How much are local authorities around the country paying for hostels, B&Bs, and hotels for the homeless?
In Dublin, more than €60 million was spent last year providing emergency accommodation for homeless people at hotels, B&Bs,and guesthouses.
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SHORT-TERM LET, LONG-TERM PAIN: Why do councils struggle to put a stop to properties being used exclusively on sites like Airbnb?
Property owners can pull in hundreds of euro per night renting out homes as round-the-year accommodation on platforms like Airbnb and hotel booking sites, making similar amounts in a week to what they could otherwise expect to receive in a month or more from a long-term tenant.
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NOT SO FAST: Strategic Housing Development speeds up planning process for developers but is it helping increase the supply of accommodation?
In June 2017, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy introduced a new system of fast-track planning for housing developments.
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One of the most common criticisms of people on social housing lists comes when they refuse to take up the offer of a home. But what happens when somebody is offered a place which they do not believe is safe for them or their family?
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