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Dublin rents fall by 1.5% ( RTB )

Dublin rents fall by 1.5%  ( RTB )

Dublin rents fall by 1.5%  ( RTB )

Latest Data from RTB Quarterly Rent Index

  • Nationally private sector rents grew by 7.37% in the year from quarter 1 2016 to quarter 1 2017
  • Quarter on quarter growth appears to be moderating with an increase of less than 0.1% (down from 2.8% in the last index)
  • Overall, rents in dublin declined this quarter by 1.5%
  • No additional local electoral areas meet criteria for rent pressure zone designation
  • Department of housing launches public consultation on the review of the rent pressure zones

Private sector rents continued to grow in the first quarter of 2017, increasing by 7.37%, according to the latest Quarterly Rent Index from the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) over the year from Quarter 1 2016 to Quarter 1 2017.

The Index shows that while rents continue to trend upwards, quarter on quarter growth was relatively flat, increasing by 0.1%. This is down from 2.8% the previous quarter. The standardised average national rent is now €987 per month, which is up €1 on Quarter 4 2016.

Trends in private sector rents in Dublin and outside Dublin appear to be mixed once again, illustrating the diversity of the rental market across the country.

Rents in Dublin and surrounding commuter counties are amongst the highest relative to the national average, with parts of Cork and Galway cities also above the average.

However, overall, rents in Dublin declined this quarter by 1.5%, driven primarily by a fall in rents for Dublin apartments. Private rents for houses continued to rise in this quarter albeit marginally, by 0.1%. For apartments, there is evidence of a moderate slowdown in the pace of expansion; year on year growth dropped from double digits down to 7.9%. On an annual basis across houses and apartments, rents continued to grow, increasing by 7.37% from Q1 2016 to Q1 2017, with Dublin rents now at 8% above their previous peak in Q4 2007.

Outside Dublin, rents for houses and apartments continued to grow on a quarterly basis, resulting in an overall growth of 1.3% in private sector rents. Annual growth increased by 7.6%, a trend, which is observed for houses and apartments, which increased over the year by 7.5% and 7.2% respectively. Rents are still 8% below their peak levels in 2007, however, the margin between the two is shrinking each quarter.

Commenting on the findings of the report, the Director of the RTB, Ms. Rosalind Carroll, said: “This Index relates to the January to March period of 2017, and therefore is the first rent index looking at the period since rent pressure zones were first introduced. The rent Index will be an important tool to monitor the impacts of the new measure. The findings for the first quarter do suggest that the rate of increase in private rents is moderating. However, the rental market is still volatile and it is too early to determine if this moderation is a trend. We would like to see similar findings over consecutive quarters in order to identify trends.”

residential tenancies board rtb rent index IrelandBased on the rental data of this latest Rent Index, no additional parts of the country meet the criteria to be designated as Rent Pressure Zones. There are currently 19 RPZs in the State including the four Dublin Local Authorities and Cork City.

The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, today (15 June, 2017) has announced the launch of a public consultation on the review of the Rent Predictability Measure and the system of Rent Pressure Zones introduced in December last. Submissions received from the consultation process will feed into the review of the measure, which is currently underway. The RTB would strongly encourage landlords and tenants to make a submission and to have your views heard on the impact of the measure to date. Further details and access to the consultation document is available on the Department’s website at and can be accessed on

This data contained in the latest Rent Index Report of the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB), is produced in conjunction with the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). The index is the most accurate and authoritative rent report of its kind on the private accommodation sector in Ireland because it is based on the actual rents being paid for the 23,866 new tenancies registered with the RTB during that quarter.

The Rent Index now comprises two sets of rental indicators for the Irish market. The main one is compiled on the basis of rents registered with the RTB for each Local Electoral Area (LEA) throughout the country. This was introduced last quarter and allows for more granular analysis of the rents data for the country.

Private Rental Market by Numbers


Dublin was still the largest rental market in Q1 2017, accounting for around 38% of the total. Compared to Q4, 2016, the share of rental properties in Dublin fell marginally by around 0.3%. In 2007 Q3, when rents were at their peak, this was closer to 41%.

Property Size and type

The data indicates that 2 and 3 bed properties are still the most common on the market and this trend has been broadly consistent over time. Together, 2 and 3 beds make up around 69% of the market. Nationally, apartments continue to remain the most common property type, accounting for 42% of the total. The second and third most common property types are semi-detached and terraced houses, accounting for 25% and 15% of the total.

Rents and House prices

Both the CSO property price index and the RTB rent index for Dublin and Outside Dublin increased in the first quarter of 2017. House price growth nationally picked up again in the first quarter of the year and now outpaces rent growth. In Dublin, house price growth between Q4 2016 and Q1 2017 was 1.8% compared to an increase of 0.1% for rents in Dublin.

Distribution of rents

On a quarterly basis, the underlying trends have remained relatively stable over the last number of years. The most striking pattern over the last 4 years has been the general rise in rent costs; 23% of the total stock of rented properties now cost €300+ per week. This compares to only 9 per cent back in 2013 Q3.


Source : RTB 15/06/2017

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