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Recalling the Celtic Tiger

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Edited By Eamon Maher, Eugene O'Brien and Brian Lucey

This book looks at various effects, symptoms and consequences of the period in Irish culture known as the Celtic Tiger. It will trace the critical pathway from boom to bust – and up to the current beginnings of a similar, smaller boom – through events, personalities and products. The short entries offer a sense of the lived experience of this seismic period in contemporary Irish society.

While clearly not all aspects of the period could realistically be covered, the book does contain essential information about the central actors, events, themes, and economic trends, which are discussed in a readable and accessible manner. Each entry is linked to the overall Celtic Tiger phenomenon and its immediate aftermath.

The book also provides a comprehensive account of what happened in this period and will be a factual resource for anyone anxious to discover information on the areas most commonly connected to it. All entries are written by experts in the area. The contributors include broadcasters, economists, cultural theorists, sociologists, literary critics, journalists, politicians and writers, each of whom brings particular insights to some aspect of the Celtic Tiger.

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Accidental Landlords (Karl Deeter)

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Karl Deeter

Accidental Landlords

You cannot become an accidental landlord any more than you can become an accidental pilot of a Boeing jet. To continue with the metaphor, what did happen was that people found themselves pilot-less in mid-air, and had to take the controls due to a variety of factors. All we hear of at the moment (late 2019) is focused on housing shortages and high prices in rents and values, whereas during the crash, it was the opposite. The combined forces of falling prices and rents meant that people who had outgrown homes due to finding a partner, having children and needing a larger home, who needed to leave the property for work, or to rent it out so that rent could help pay the mortgage due to job loss, were becoming what is known colloquially as ‘accidental landlords’. They did not set out to become landlords, they just ended up that way. The accident was the shift in the ownership approach to that of ‘landlord’ rather than ‘dweller’: that home-ownership was the starting point was never in doubt.

Often people in this situation might move back in with relatives, or rent out a more suitable home while renting out their own at the same time. They were people who never intended to buy a property with a view to becoming a landlord, and therefore they came into an industry that was increasing in regulation, which was and still is subject to...

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