Realistically how do you evict them? Lets be real here, when talking about high-income, or "well able to afford to pay for their own private accommodation", how much are we talking about here? I think incomes of less than €35k for a single, €45k for a couple qualifies the income threshold in DCC, subject to the other criteria of not having anywhere else to live. Now if a couple occupies a LA and progresses their careers so that they now earn €55k are you seriously suggesting they be evicted without any other suitable alternative accommodation? Are you suggesting that they just rent or buy wherever they get? That no consideration is made for their employment prospects or educational opportunities? What about their kids at school? And lets be honest here, its not as if the housing crisis is a result of nowhere to live. It is a result of nowhere suitable to live. I think there are some 100,000 vacant properties in the State. By your simplified logic then there should be no housing crisis. On the other hand if a couple are earning €100k + it is my guess that generally they will willingly vacate LA housing and buy/rent for themselves. Why wouldn't they? As the Dub_nerd example testifies, when people get the opportunity to earn significant income or generate wealth they will take advantage of that. In turn they will willingly vacate social housing. What do you think? Should they willingly vacate a property and become homeless? As in the absence of alternative ans suitable accommodation that is what you are suggesting. ?? Its so simple isnt it? There are 100,000+ vacant properties in the State, only 10,000 homeless. So how is there a housing crisis at all? Is it because a lot of these vacant properties are not suitable to prospective tenants? Private or public? Even unsuitable for homeless? In the ideal, simplistic world of Purple and co. But back in the real world, there are 100,000+ vacant properties in the State, but FTBs cannot get on the ladder. There are 10,000 people in emergency accommodation. By your simple reasoning, there should be no crisis.