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24 May 2022

Rents shoot up for Laois family homes reports Daft.ie

Rents shoot up for Laois family homes reports Daft.ie

Building site in Portlaoise where hundreds of apartments are being built

Rents in Laois are an average 10.5% higher in the first quarter of 2022 than a year previously but the cost of renting family homes is increasing at an faster rate, according to the latest report from Daft.ie.

The report shows the average listed Laois rent is now €1169, up 122% from its lowest point of the property crash.

The Daft.ie Rental Price Report for January to March 2022 is an analysis of recent trends in the Irish rental market for the first quarter of the year.

It shows that while the average rate of increase in Laois is lower than the national level, the rate of rent rises for family homes is as high as 17% on the first quarter of 2021. Rents also rose by an average of 2% in Laois compared with the last quarter of 2021.

The breakdown for Laois is as follows: 

Apartment €805: up 11%
2 bed house: €962 10.4%
3 bed house: €1,113 12.6%
4 bed house:  €1,278 10.6%
5 bed house: €1,558 17.8%

Rents in Leinster's Midland counties rose 12.8% year-on-year, reflecting a sharp fall in availability - just 29 homes were available to rent on May 1, by far the lowest on record.

Nationwide rents in the first quarter of 2022 were an average of 11.7% higher than the same period a year earlier, according to the latest Rental Report by daft.ie. The average market rent nationwide between January and March was €1,567 per month, up 2.8% on the last three months of 2021 and more than double the low of €765 per month seen in late 2011. MORE BELOW INFOGRAPHIC

While there have been differences in regional trends in rents in recent quarters, the rate of increase was similar across all major regions between early 2021 and early 2022. In Dublin, market rents rose by 10.6% year-on-year, while in Cork and Galway cities, rents rose by 10.2% and 13.8%. Inflation was higher in Limerick and Waterford cities, at 15.5% and 16.2% respectively, while outside the cities the average increase was 12.7%

The sharp increase in market rents around the country reflects a significant worsening in the record scarcity of rental homes. Nationwide, there were just 851 homes available to rent on May 1st, down from over 3,600 a year ago and another new all-time low in a series that extends back over fifteen years to 2006. The recent fall in homes to rent is seen in all regions of the country, with an 81% fall in availability in Dublin and a 66% fall elsewhere in the country. The report also includes an analysis of 72 multi-unit rental developments, which are estimated to have added at least 400 new rental homes in the last six months. Of these, it is estimated that 82% are already occupied, with occupancy in the wider multi-unit rental sector estimated to be 95% in early May, up from 93% six months ago.

The report also includes an estimate of the trend in rents for sitting tenants since 2010, as compared to new tenants paying market rates. While inflation in market rents is currently above 10%, and market rents have doubled over the past decade, ‘stayer’ rents have increased by just 1.5% over the past year and by less than 40% over the past ten years.
"The focus for policymakers must remain on creating the conditions for tens of thousands of new rental homes – market and social, all across the country – to be built over the coming years."

Commenting on the report, Ronan Lyons, Associate Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin and author of the Daft Report, said: “The latest figures confirm the overall strength of demand for rental accommodation in Ireland. While strong demand for housing reflects underlying economic health, it becomes a challenge when there is inadequate supply to meet it. In Ireland’s case, the economy has suffered from an under-provision of new rental accommodation for over a decade. As a result, market rents have doubled and, as shown in this latest report, rental homes have become unbelievably scarce. New figures confirm that sitting tenants have experienced much smaller increases in rents – both during 2021 and over the last ten years. Thus, the focus for policymakers must remain on creating the conditions for tens of thousands of new rental homes – market and social, all across the country – to be built over the coming years.”

Average rents, and year-on-year change, 2022 Q1
●    Dublin: €2,102, up 10.6% year-on-year
●    Cork city: €1,607, up 10.2%
●    Galway city: €1,585, up 13.8% 
●    Limerick city: €1,485, up 15.5% 
●    Waterford city: €1,262, up 16.2% 
●    Rest of the country: €1,218, up 12.7%

The full report is available from www.daft.ie/report and includes a commentary by Ronan Lyons, Associate Professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin and author of the report, as well as figures on take-up of multi-unit rental housing, rents for sitting tenants, and analyses of affordability and residential yields around the country.

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