In a variety of countries there seems to be the common problem that housing is far too expensive as income inequality gets worse. Rent is too high, housing markets heavily skew in favor of sellers. It's all bullshit. Even if you can comfortably afford to buy a house, with cash, at twenty-five percent over asking price, you're still potentially dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home that could require tens of thousands of dollars in repairs. Even if you can afford to take that risk, it's bullshit that we allow housing market conditions like that to exist in the first place.
So what's the fix? What countries don't have these problems because they have a better system for housing? How do you fix these problems in countries like Canada and the United States?
I'm interested in replies that present "immediate solutions" that try to solve the problem while fitting nicely inside our neoliberal systems, basic things like rent control, building more homes, taxing the rich, etc.
But I am also interested, more interested even, in radical solutions that perhaps require more widespread change. Examples:
- Abolishing landlordism and rent, and what replaces them
- Abolishing cars within a city and the effects of that
- Creating a market where houses are more like cars, not investments, in that they necessarily depreciate in value
How could we outright de-commodify housing?
Bonus points if you tie your comment in to the ideas of permaculture and communal resilience.