Wednesday 15 August 2018

Rents once again on the way up in Cork

Maria Herlihy

Rent in Cork city is only going one way which is up, with rents having increased by 9.3% last year. It now means the average rent in Cork city is now €1,210. 

In Cork county, rents were on average 10.6% higher in the first three months of 2018 than the year previousy. In Cork county, the average advertised rent is now €892 - up a staggering 53% from its lowest point. 

As always, renting in the capital is literally through the roof with an increase in the year up to March was 12.8%,. It now means rents are now 30% or in monetary terms €430 a month higher than their previous peak a decade ago.

Rents are also on the way up in Limerick and are presently 17.1%  higher than  a year ago, and in Waterford, the increase is 14.6% 

Across the board, according to, it's the eight consecutive quarter in which annual inflation in rents has been greater than 10% and also that a new all-time high has been set.

The average monthly rent nationwide during the first quarter of 2018 was €1,261. This represents a monthly increase of €232 (€2,784 a year) compared to their previous peak in 2008.

Galway saw its rents increase by 13.6% in the same period.

Outside the five main cities, rents rose by an average of 10.1%. There were 3,086 properties available to rent nationwide in April. This is the lowest number ever recorded for this time of year since the series started in 2006, and the figure marks a 17% decrease on the same date a year previously.

In Dublin, there were just 1,265 homes available to rent, one third below the average over the last five years and just one quarter of the average in the period 2008-2013. 

Ronan Lyons, economist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the Daft Report, said: "Rents have now been rising almost three times as long as they fell in the crash and the increases show no signs of moderating. With the exception of Donegal - where Brexit is having a clear effect on the local market - the problem is countrywide, although it is certainly most acute in Dublin." 

He said: "It is clear that, for those who have to look for a new home in the open market, rental inflation remains well above any reasonable measure of health. But as ever, rents are only the symptom. 

"The cause remains a chronic and worsening lack of rental supply. Policy must focus on dramatically increasing the construction of urban apartments over the coming years, in order to meet both the backlog of demand and the country's needs over coming years and decades," he added.