Housing Crisis in Europe

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The housing crisis is real for young people in Europe.

  • Homelessness has almost doubled in the EU over the last decade, as property prices have spiralled across the continent.
  • Housing costs on average were around €401.9 per month for poor households, according to the data from 2017. Greece and Malta were outliers.
  • One state from Eurostat noted that between 2010 and the first quarter of 2021, rents increased by 15.3% in the European Union.
  • On top of this, real estate companies across the EU are buying up swathes of properties and accelerating gentrification thereby leading to higher rents.
  • There has been a rise in the institutional investment in Europe's residential market. It high record highs in 2020 accounting for nearly 30% of total acquisition activity.
  • While rent contol is becoming increasingly popular in Europe, it is not a solution to the housing crisis faced in many cities. Experts say it can drive away investors.
  • From landlordism, large-scale property investment and the knock-on effects on communities, this reading gives you some insights into why housing is Europe’s next huge political issue.
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Europe’s housing squeeze

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Wild Rent Hikes Are Leaving Europe's Cities Totally Unaffordable

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House prices: Wall of money hits European real estate

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Housing Is Less Affordable Than Ever For Young Women

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Rent controls are becoming a highly divisive issue in Europe

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