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Persistent Surge in Irish Rent Prices Sparks Concerns as Housing Costs Show No Signs of Decline

Dublin: Ireland, a recent surge in rents has become a cause for concern as landlords and agencies implement higher rates in new tenancy agreements. This perplexing scenario of dual rent rates within the same locale has left tenants and even regulatory bodies, such as the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB), searching for answers.

According to data released by the RTB, between April and June of this year, the national average standard rent for existing tenancies stood at €1,332, showcasing an 18.2% difference. In Dublin, the standard average monthly rent for new tenants experienced a significant 10% year-on-year increase, reaching €2,102. In contrast, County Leitrim reported the lowest rents at €879, while Portlaoise and Waterford witnessed an 8.3% rise, and Longford saw a substantial 27.4% increase in new rents.

The introduction of a requirement to annually register tenancies last year aimed to facilitate comparisons between new and existing tenancies. However, the lack of clarity on the dual rent rates persists, prompting questions from tenants and the public.

Niall Byrne, the director of RTB, expressed the significance of having an index that comprehensively tracks transactions across the private rented sector. He hopes that, over time, these indices will inform legislative measures benefiting policymakers and the public. Byrne emphasised that additional data will enable the RTB to fulfil its obligations in complying with and enforcing rent laws.

In response to the escalating rent situation, the government has designated the Local Electoral Area and Westmeath County Council’s administrative area as Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs), effective immediately. This designation limits rent increases in these areas to 2% per year, providing a regulatory mechanism to address the upward trend in rents.

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