Laura Gaynor on losing your mind looking for a gaff of your own.

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5 thoughts on “Rental Health

  1. Kingfisher

    Yes. I’ll never forget the sudden feeling of relaxation and power over our own lives that happened when I signed the mortgage and finally owned the house (subject to paying back the bank, or rather the Corpo, as the councils lent money for houses at the time).

    Even though we had a lovely, lovely landlord, there had been the constant danger that he’d ask us to leave so he could sell the place. Now, at last, we could look at our own home and decide how to live in it; every penny we spent to upgrade our living conditions was money in our own pockets. We could budget for the future. We could live in the present, not in a fearful future where everything might change in a day.

  2. V

    Beautifully done Laura

    Yes, and this is where Richard Boyd Barrett’s approach to Housing is totally in sync with my own
    We need to normalise renting by removing the stigma attached,and the absurd notion that we all need to own or get on a property ladder.

    By creating long term renting as an independent and deliberate choice, and use the Differential Rent process and system as a means of maintaining larger developments, be they Trust, Cooperative, Local Authority or VHA, or whatever

    let the next Dáil sort it out
    I’m pretty much done talking about it

  3. Kingfisher

    Yes. The ideas that homes should be rebranded as “property” and that renting homes to people should be a way of grinding out profit are obscene.
    But for renting to be normalised, the Housing List must be opened to all, as it is in some European countries, with different levels of rent according to ability to pay.

  4. Rob_G

    Where is the place featured in the thumbnail, with the brightly-coloured townhouses – is it Cobh? Looks lovely

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