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Rents In Wicklow Continue To Rise According To Latest Daft.ie Report.

In Wicklow, market rents were on average 8.6% higher in the first quarter of 2023 than a year previously

.Market rents in Dublin's commuter counties rose 10.2% year-on-year, reflecting very low availability - just 105 homes were available to rent on May 1, up slightly on a year ago but one quarter the level seen in the late 2010s

In Wicklow, market rents were on average 8.6% higher in the first quarter of 2023 than a year previously. The average listed rent is now €1820, up 124% from its lowest point.

Nationally, market rents in the first quarter of 2023 were an average of 1% higher than in the final three months of 2022, the smallest quarterly increase since 2020 according to the latest Rental Report by Daft.ie. Compared to a year ago, however, market rents are 11.7% higher, reflecting large increases seen during 2022. The average market rent nationwide between January and March was €1,750 per month, compared to €1,387 in the first quarter of 2020 and a low of just €765 per month seen in late 2011.

There were significant regional differences in how rents changed in the first quarter. In Dublin, rents rose by 0.5% quarter-on-quarter, the same rate seen in the rest of Leinster. However, in the four other cities, rents fell in the first quarter, by 1.8% on average. In the case of Cork city, this is the first time in almost a decade (final quarter of 2013) that rents have not risen quarter-on-quarter. In Munster, Connacht and Ulster – outside the cities – rents continued to rise strongly in the first quarter of the year, by 3.8% on average.

As in recent quarters, the upward trend market rents around the country is driven by extraordinary shortages in the availability of rental accommodation. Nationwide, there were just 959 homes available to rent on May 1st . While this is up 13% on the same date last year, it still represents one of the three lowest totals for availability at the start of the month in a series that extends back to the start of 2006. The availability of rental homes is approximately one quarter the average level of availability during 2015-2019.

The figures above refer to open market rents but the report also includes an index of rents paid by sitting tenants, rather than movers, using a bespoke survey of tenants. It shows that, on average, rents paid by sitting tenants have increased by 4.1% over the last twelve months, with bigger percentage increases outside Dublin than in the capital. Since the introduction of Rent Pressure Zones in 2016, rents of sitting tenants have increased by roughly 20% on average, compared to an average increase in open-market rents of three quarters over the same period.

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