Threshold expresses fear over the lack of suitable housing for older people in Clare

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Housing charity Threshold expresses concern that there is a lack of suitable housing for older people in County Clare.

It comes after a new report found that 2 in 3 renters are renting because they can’t afford a home, although housing market momentum is set to slow.

Threshold says the percentage of people who rent because they can’t buy their own home has jumped 15% over the past two years.

By 2027, only 28% expect to own their homes, 15% expect to have social housing and 54% expect to still be tenants.

Today is a day when those looking to rent in County Clare will only see 20 such properties available here on the website.

Karina Timothy, Threshold’s Western Regional Services Manager, says even this rare availability won’t suit many tenant cohorts.

Threshold’s report details people in their 40s, 50s and 60s who are still in the grip of the private rental market in Clare and elsewhere.

Kay Murphy, a member of the Shannon Active Retirement Association, says the issue is causing huge anxiety among seniors who receive tenancy notices here.

However, another report published today by suggests that inflation in the housing market may slow in the second half of this year.

This is due to a combination of factors including inflation and rising interest rates.

It comes as concerns are being raised that local authorities and housing bodies in Clare are cornering the private housing market buying up new properties for social housing needs.

Nearly 3,000 households remain on Clare County Council’s housing list, with nearly 1,300 other households applying for the housing assistance payment.

However, Larry Brennan of Woodhaven Developments in Ennis says the market is skewed.

You can listen to the full interview with Treshold’s Karina Mahony and Shannon Active Retirement Agency member Kay Murphy from Clare FM’s Morning Focus below.

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