Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Dr. Padraic Kenna was asked by DAFT.ie to comment on its House Price Report, now in its 52nd edition. This is based on an analysis of the full database of properties posted for advertisement on Daft.ie up to the end of September 2012, including the 15,000 posted in the third quarter of 2012. This figure represents a large percentage of the available properties for sale in the country and therefore gives a very accurate and timely reflection of what is actually happening in the Irish property market. Figures are calculated from econometric regressions using standard methods. Properties classed as sold are those that are no longer listed in daft.ie which were marked as sale agreed before coming off the site.   The full report is available from http://www.daft.ie/report which includes a commentary by Dr Padraic Kenna.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

"Contemporary Housing Issues in a Globalized World" edited by Padraic Kenna to be published in March 2014 by Ashgate publishing. The globalization of housing finance led to the global financial crisis, which has created new barriers to adequate and affordable housing. It presents major challenges for current housing law and policy, as well as for the development of housing rights. This book examines and discusses key contemporary housing issues in the context of today’s globalized housing systems. The book takes up the challenge of developing a new paradigm, working towards the possibility of an alternative future. Revolving around three constellations of writing by diverse contributors, each chapter sets out a clear and developed approach to contemporary housing issues. The first major theme considers the crisis in mortgage market regulation, the development of mortgage securitization and comparisons between Spain and Ireland, two countries at the epicentre of the global housing market crisis. The second thematic consideration focuses on housing rights within the European human rights architecture, within national constitutions, and those arising from new international instruments, with their particular relevance for persons with disabilities and developing economies. The third theme incorporates an examination of responses to the decline and regeneration of inner cities, legal issues around squatting in developed economies, and changes in tenure patterns away from home-ownership. This topical book will be valuable to those who are interested in law, housing rights and human rights, policy-making and globalization. Reviews  ‘This timely volume links contributions addressing the housing crisis in key European jurisdictions, with major issues in housing worldwide. On its own, each contribution adds welcome depth to our understanding; as a whole the volume strikingly illustrates the connections among legal frameworks, financial policy, and social pressures on the availability and security of housing across the world.’ Jessie Hohmann, Queen Mary, University of London, UK ‘This book presents a timely, comprehensive and incisive analysis of the impact of globalization and the recent financial crisis on the domestic housing policies and capacities of nation states. In the best traditions of socio-legal scholarship, it blends doctrinal analysis with empirical evidence and sophisticated policy recommendations to offer constructive guidance for legislators as they confront the challenge of housing disadvantage.’ Brendan Edgeworth, University of New South Wales, Australia ‘The deregulation, liberalization and internationalization of finance have had major implications for housing and urban developments throughout the world. The “financialization” of housing has been accompanied by the conceptual transformation of adequate housing from a social good into a commodity and financial asset and housing markets are increasingly regulated so as to promote financial rather than social aspects of housing. This book analyses how this process has impacted on violations of the right to adequate housing in different countries and regions. More than understanding the situation, the book offers alternatives and perspectives, crucial in the current housing crisis.’Raquel Rolnik, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing and University of Sao Paolo, Brazil    To purchase: click here  

Thursday, 27 February 2014

More than 11 million homes lie empty across Europe – enough to house all of the continent's homeless twice over. Spain has the most – 3.4m or 14% of its housing stock – but the UK has 700,000, and Ireland has begun demolishing 40 whole housing estates to increase the value of property elsewhere   For full article on www.guardian.co.uk click here.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Dr Padraic Kenna of the School of Law, NUI Galway will lead a major €1m EU-funded research project on evictions across the 28 European Union (EU) Member States. The research will investigate the national legal frameworks and extent of evictions across Europe. The study will gather data from across the EU and identify both the pan-European factors that lead to the loss of a home and measures to counter homelessnessThe research will identify effective early intervention and preventative measures and create a profile of evicted households, risk factors and risk groups.  Patterns of evictions across all EU Member States will be analysed in the context of diverse structural factors including the economic crisis, welfare systems and legal practices and protections.The project, which will take two years, was awarded following a competitive tendering process by the European Commission. It will examine evictions from mortgaged, rental and other properties, with a focus on the right to housing within the context of national and EU law all areas in which Dr Kenna is a leading European expert.NUI Galway will lead a consortium of University and housing research agencies in Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Spain. Dr Kenna, as Research Director/Principal Investigator will lead the network of national experts on housing law and policy across all EU Member States. The researchers will collate national and local data, as well as legal materials for the project’s report to the European Commission.Dr Kenna said, “In Ireland we have a deeply historical sentiment on evictions. Michael Davitt wrote that an eviction was the expression of the power of profit and of property over the right of a family. Today, an eviction represents the collision of basic human rights with property rights, and while the European Union is committed to the protection of human rights, the balance of these interests represents the contemporary fault line between market forces and people’s right to housing.”Measures to prevent homelessness within all EU Member States remain a priority for the European Commission. This project will collate and evaluate the most cost-effective measures which can be advanced to mitigate evictions across the EU. The project team will prepare reports and recommendations for the European Commission on best practice models, to monitor, alleviate and prevent evictions, within the framework of national and EU law and policy.Welcoming the announcement of this award, Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law at NUI Galway, said “This is a highly prestigious and worthwhile project led by my colleague, Dr Padraic Kenna. It is a concrete recognition of his standing as a major player in the field of housing law, rights and policy in Europe; and a great boost to his tireless and impactful work in this area at national and international level.”

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Photo of The EU Evictions Project National Experts meeting February 2014, in Brussels, representatives from all 28 EU States with Dr Padraic Kenna Project Director, and Director of the Centre for Housing Law Rights and Policy, NUI Galway

Monday, 6 October 2014

  Karen Lynch Shally, an IRC funded PhD scholar and Hardiman scholar at NUI Galway, specialising in regulation of mortgage markets has published a significant analysis of Irish and UK mortgage laws. Read it here:Comparing mortgage law in England and Ireland  

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