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A Fragmented Tenure: low-status home ownership in suburban Dublin

Laurence Murphy


Dublin's post-1960 suburbanization process helped to induce profound changes in the city's housing system. Since 1961 owner occupation has become the predominant form of tenure, and its expansion has caused a significant restructuring of the socio-economic character of the tenure. Recognition of the fragmented nature of the owner occupied sector suggests that the housing histories and experiences of individual home owners will vary markedly. This paper examines the residential experiences of 141 households in four suburban estates in Dublin, focusing on the factors promoting households to purchase in particular areas, the costs associated with owning, and the perceived benefits and disadvantages of owning. Arising from this qualitative analysis of households' housing experiences the paper raises questions relating to housing policy and the problems of owner occupation in Dublin.

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