By Cate McCurry, PA
Market rents in the second quarter of this year were an average of 12.6 per cent higher than the same period a year earlier, according to the latest report from property website Daft.ie.
The average market rent nationwide between April and June was €1,618 per month, up 3.3 per cent on the first three months of the year, the report states.
The annual inflation rate of 12.6 per cent nationally is the highest recorded in the Daft.ie report since its launch in 2006, surpassing the previous peak of 11.8 per cent in late 2016.
Nationwide, there were just 716 homes available to rent at the beginning of August, down from almost 2,500 a year ago and another new all-time low in a series that extends back to 2006.The rate of inflation in Dublin, at 12.7 per cent, was above the national average for the first time 2018 while in Cork city the annual change in market rents was 11.8 per cent.
The rate of inflation in the three other principal cities – Galway, Limerick and Waterford – was higher, ranging from 16.4 per cent in Galway to 17.7 per cent in Limerick. Outside the cities, the average annual increase in market rents was 12 per cent.
As has been consistently the case over much of the past decade, the increase in market rents around the country was driven bu a further tightening in rental availability.
However, the scarcity of rental homes has been unprecedented over the past year, the report added.
Compared to 2009, rental availability has fallen by 97 per cent nationwide.
The report includes an analysis of 75 multi-unit rental developments, which are estimated to have added almost 1,000 new rental homes in the last nine months, or roughly 25 new homes per week.
Of the 7,500 homes in these developments, almost 95 per cent are estimated to be occupied, based on publicly available information.
Also in the report is an analysis of figures provided by Cortland Consult on the pipeline of new rental homes.
Over the past year, the pipeline has increased by approximately 23,000, representing an increase of 13,000 under construction and 28,000 for which a planning application has been submitted – as well as a decrease of 17,500 at pre-planning stage.
The stock of rental homes for which planning has been granted but yet to start construction remains steady at 43,000.
Ronan Lyons, associate professor of economics at Trinity College Dublin and author of the Daft report, said: “A resurgent economy over the last year has accentuated the chronic shortage of rental housing in Ireland.
“While the professional rental sector has added over 7,000 new rental homes in the last five years, this is small relative to the fall of 30,000 in rental listings each year in the traditional rental sector in the same period or the fall of 100,000 listings per year since 2012.
“The shortage of rental accommodation translates directly into higher market rents and this can only be addressed by significantly increased supply.
“While there are almost 115,000 proposed rental homes in the pipeline, these are concentrated in the Dublin area.
“Further, while nearly 23,000 are under construction, the remainder are earlier in the process and the growth of legal challenges to new developments presents a threat to addressing the rental scarcity.”
Average rents, and year-on-year change, in the second quarter of 2022:
– Dublin: €2,170, up 12.7 per cent year-on-year
– Cork city: €1,670, up 11.8 per cent
– Galway city: €1,663, up 16.4 per cent
– Limerick city: €1,559, up 17.7 per cent
– Waterford city: €1,312, up 17.1 per cent
– Rest of the country: €1,255, up 12 per cent