Housing Tenures in Ireland
Most households in Ireland own their own house. Ireland has one of the highest rates of home ownership in the world – with nearly 70 per cent of the population living in their own homes.
This is a dramatic difference from 1946 when 53 per cent of households in Ireland owned a home. Home ownership is an aspiration for many people in Ireland, and has historically been facilitated by government incentives.
Private Rented Accommodation
Private rented accommodation is provided by private landlord. Like home ownership there has been a dramatic shift in the number of households accessing private rented accommodation.
In 1946 26 per cent of households were in private rented accommodation, by 1991 this dropped to 8 per cent, rising to almost 16 per cent in 2008. This is very low compared to some of our European neighbours. For example France and Sweden have rates of more than 20 per cent, and Germany 51 per cent.