‘It Is Our Greatest Problem’


In Cork.

This afternoon.

President Michael D Higgins responds to journalists asking him about the homeless crisis.

Earlier: Ship Happens

Thanks John

30 thoughts on “‘It Is Our Greatest Problem’

  1. Anomanomanom

    So if someone wants to sell their property and tenants refuse to leave what does McVerry suggests we do. Just leave them living there rent free, force the owner to take rent they dont want(if its sale they want) and who compensates the owner if in that 3 year period the property price falls below what they could have got.

      1. scottser

        suck it up. you’re still going to own a property at the end of your mortgage term that has been paid for by someone else. what are you whinging about?

        1. Rob_G

          What if the landlord is still making payments on the property? The bank isn’t going to wait 3 years for their mortgage payments; under the system that you are proposing, no-one will be willing to rent any property at any price.

        2. Cian

          if I were a landlord and my tenants aren’t paying rent.
          Now I can’t evict them.
          So I go into arrears with the bank.
          I loose my property to the bank.

          So no, I’m not going to own a property at the end of my term.

  2. Banm

    McV was specific in what conditions he was saying stall evictions. Cases of buy to lets where the tenant is the innocent party and doesn’t get chucked out if the bank takes over.

    Cases where LL wants to sell, that the tenants aren’t given notice to leave.

    Homelessness would slow down for starters if evictions were stopped.

    It’s a national emergency it needs solutions. Stopping a LL or bank selling with vacant possession is not a massive deal in the bigger picture.

    1. Cian

      If I were a landlord and decided to sell up, I have two choices:
      1. I evict my tenants, and can see the property to either an owner-occupier OR another landlord.
      2. I keep my tenants, which makes the property unattractive t owner-occupiers, but it *might* be more attractive to a landlord.
      3. start the eviction process, but tell the tenants if the buyer is a landlord they can stay.

      #1 will increase my chances of selling and the price.

      Being a landlord is a business. So #1 will usually happen.

      1. Johnny

        Assuming I agree with 1-applying commercial logic,why not limit early termination of a lease to cause.Selling is not cause in commercial/business landlord and tenant relationships,your proposal is Mickey Mouse.

  3. kellMA

    This hysteria about stopping evictions and restricting peoples market for sale is over the top and is not addressing the real problem…. lack of supply and Air BNB.
    A lot of landlords are incidental. Why should I be forced to take rent (which I only did while my property was in negative equity) over selling up? Or why should I be forced to only sell to a buy to let purchaser? What about the families looking to buy homes that are now out of question here?
    These issues have not been addressed adequately and now we find ourselves in the real poopy-poo and we are all running around like headless chickens jerking knees all over the place, banning evictions and hoofing people onto boats…

  4. Ollie Cromwell

    Students were always my best tenants.
    Young,so therefore gullible and easily ” persuaded “.
    And they always had mammy and daddy as guarantor.
    Paid the rent for a year and often cleared off in the summer so rooms that had already been paid for were freed up for,ahem,very short lets.
    Good times.

      1. Ollie Cromwell

        Why so Wooster ?
        Do tell.
        I take it you’re not in the money-generating game yourself.

        1. millie st murderlark

          I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that it’s more likely that’s he’s a good skin, unlike yourself who takes relish in being a pig skin.

          1. Ollie Cromwell

            As you know I’m a fat bastard so I always take relish,usually Ballymaloe,with my pork crackling.

      2. Rob_G

        Seriously, would you ever stop responding to him? He is not even trying to tone down the parody any more, and the only reason he keeps doing it because keep reacting.

        1. millie st murderlark

          Because he’s gas. Anyone who takes anything he writes seriously would want to take a step back and chill out

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