An analysis by the Simon Communities of Ireland of properties available on Daft.ie challenges the narrative that the recent COVID-19 related collapse in Airbnb bookings will have a positive impact on the housing crisis.
Wayne Stanley, National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities: We undertook a short comparative analysis of properties available for rent in a number of urban areas across the country (Monday 2 March 2020 and Wednesday 25 March 2020.) The numbers reveal a mixed picture, and while there has been an increase in the number of properties available, we are not seeing a significant upturn in appropriate properties within HAP limits particularly outside Dublin.
Dublin has seen the biggest increase in available properties within Homeless HAP rates, however these are in the main one-bedroom homes and it is not clear that these would be appropriate for a couple/one parent with one child. Galway, which enjoys a thriving tourism industry, has seen an increase of 40 properties available up with 114 properties now on the market compared with 74 on 2 March. Just three of those 114 properties are within HAP limits.
The market rental rates did see some downward movement but as our analysis shows this drop does not constitute affordability.
Wayne Stanley continued: The increase in properties available, is something that should be utilised as the COVID-19 emergency escalates, the announcement from Dublin City Council and the DRHE of 160 units of accommodation secured for use by homeless services is an excellent example of how this can work.
This analysis also highlights that homelessness and housing will remain the priority issue once we get to the other side of this crisis.
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