Originally Posted by Graham
The fact is we have the highest rates, if not the highest rate of under-occupancy in the EU.. .
What that tells us is we're using property inefficiently.
FYI under occupancy is also a significant issue in LA housing.
... It's very hard to discuss when we have no background on there or what is underutilised. It's just a random stats with no background or context.
People jump to assumption is old people in large houses when previous reports suggested this wasnt that big an issue. Also people wanting to rent or buy first property don't generally buy or afford these houses.
So then we usually come back to mobility of being able to change houses. Likewise older people downsizing. But people suggesting that have usually no experience if trying to do that. They assume it's a lot easier and cheaper than it is.
This rush to build smaller and denser properties that are poorly serviced with amenities and locations will be a mistake. We've done it before. But never learn the lessons.
When we compare underutilised housing Europe wide we are comparing with places like Romania. Which have very little underutilization. Is that what we want.
The housing shortage isn't caused by this. It's other policies. Many deliberate.