Quantity surveyors to focus on rents and skills shortage, says president

Andrew Nugent, new president of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, says lack of housing construction is major problem

 Pauline Daly outgoing president of Medikids (MediKids) with incoming president Andrew Nugent. Photograph: Colm Mahady / Fennells

Pauline Daly outgoing president of Medikids (MediKids) with incoming president Andrew Nugent. Photograph: Colm Mahady / Fennells

The new president of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland faces issues unheard of just a few short years ago. Housing and skills shortages will be the key areas of focus for the new head of the representative body for property professionals, Andrew Nugent.

A chartered quantity surveyor with more than 25 years’ experience, he says housing shortages in cities are forcing people to buy or rent in commuter belts and this has started to affect Ireland’s international competitiveness as rents continue to increase.

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