Rents in Leinster's midland counties rose 9.6% year-on-year, reflecting a sharp fall in availability - just 55 homes were available to rent on August 1, down more than half compared to a year ago.
In Laois, rents were on average 8.1% higher in the second quarter of 2021 than a year previously. The average listed rent is now €1084, up 115% from its lowest point.
National rents have increased by 5.6% - the strongest year-on-year increase since mid-2019
National rental supply hits an all time low with only 2,455 rental homes available across the country - this is lowest number on record.
There are less than 800 rental homes available outside Dublin.
Cities outside Dublin have seen significant price spikes. In Cork, Galway and Limerick cities, rents are between 9% and 10% higher than a year ago, while in Waterford, they are nearly 12% higher. Outside the cities, rents rose by 8.6% in Leinster, by 13.7% in Munster and by 14.7% in Connacht-Ulster
With rental inflation ranging from -7% in Dublin 2 to +17% in Kerry, the current market exhibits greater spread (as measured by the variation in inflation rates across markets) than at any point in the last 15 years.
Rents in the second quarter of 2021 were an average of 5.6% higher than the same period in 2020, according to the latest Rental Report by Daft.ie. The average monthly rent stood at €1,477 in the second quarter of 2021, up 2.4% on the first quarter and almost 99% from a low of €742 per month seen in late 2011.
There continues to be significant differences in trends across regions. In Dublin, rents rose for the second consecutive quarter, by 1.4% between March and June, but are just 0.5% above the level seen a year ago. The other cities, however, have seen much larger increases in rents: in Cork, Galway and Limerick cities, rents are between 9% and 10% higher than a year ago, while in Waterford, they are nearly 12% higher. Outside the cities, rents rose by 8.6% in Leinster, by 13.7% in Munster and by 14.7% in Connacht-Ulster.
"As the impact of Covid-19 on daily life begins to recede, the underlying issues facing Ireland’s rental sector are re-emerging. It is a sector facing unprecedented shortages, with extraordinarily tight supply: to give just two examples of many, there were just 15 homes available to rent in Waterford, city and county, on August 1st and only eight in all of Offaly."
The sharp increases in rents reflect an unprecedented scarcity of rental homes. Nationwide, there were just 2,455 homes available to rent on August 1st, an all-time low in a series that extends back to January 2006. On average over the past fifteen years, there have been nearly 9,400 homes available to rent at any one time, while the 2015-2019 average was almost 3,900.
While the number of homes available to rent in Dublin is down 44% year-on-year, it is close to levels seen in 2019. Outside Dublin, however, there were just 789 homes available to rent, by far the lowest on record – prior to 2020, the lowest level had been just below 1,500.
Commenting on the report, Ronan Lyons, economist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the Daft Report, said: “As the impact of Covid-19 on daily life begins to recede, the underlying issues facing Ireland’s rental sector are re-emerging.
''It is a sector facing unprecedented shortages, with extraordinarily tight supply: to give just two examples of many, there were just 15 homes available to rent in Waterford, city and county, on August 1st and only 8 in all of Offaly. Ireland’s rental sector has undergone a lost decade and half, with almost no new rental homes built. This cannot be solved by trying to regulate prices. It can only be solved by adding significant amounts of new supply – and not only in Dublin. In that regard, policymakers – and citizens – should be wary of anything that limits the ability of foreign savers to build new rental homes here.”
Average rents, and year-on-year change, Q2 2021
Dublin: €2,035, up 0.5% year-on-year
Cork city: €1,524, up 9.1%
Galway city: €1,443, up 9.0%
Limerick city: €1,337, up 9.8%
Waterford city: €1,136, up 11.9%
Rest of the country: €1,117, up 11.4%
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