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Rents race 30% past their Celtic Tiger Peak

Rents rose nationwide by an average of 11.3% in the year to September 2018, according to the latest quarterly Rental Report by This represents the tenth consecutive quarter in which a new all-time high for rents has been set and also in which annual inflation in rents has been greater than 10%.

The average monthly rent nationwide during the third quarter of 2018 was €1,334. This is €304 per month higher than the previous peak in 2008 and over €590 higher than the low seen in late 2011.

In Dublin, the increase in rents in the year to September 2018 was 10.9% and rents in the capital are now 36%, or over €520 a month, higher than their previous peak a little over a decade ago. Rents continue to rise rapidly in other cities also. In Limerick city, rents were 20.3% higher than a year ago, while in Waterford, the increase was 19.7%. Galway saw its rents increase by 16.1% in the same period, while in Cork, rents rose by 13.7%. Outside the five main cities, rents rose by an average of 10.6%.

There were 3,214 properties available to rent nationwide on November 1st. This marks a 4.5% decrease on the same figure a year ago and the lowest total for November on record (since 2006). There has been a small increase in availability in Dublin (up 6.4%) but this was more than offset by falls in availability elsewhere, in particular elsewhere in Leinster (down 15%) and in Munster (13%).

Commenting on the report, Ronan Lyons, economist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the Daft Report, said: “The latest figures, showing a further strong rise in rents around the country, may not be surprising. Nonetheless, the condition of the private rental market remains a cause for huge concern, with very strong demand not being met by supply. A comparison of the country’s households and its dwellings reveals an acute shortage of apartments, not family homes. However, the recent increase in residential construction is being driven by estate houses, not apartment schemes. Dramatically increasing the construction of urban apartments, for both market and social housing sectors, must become the priority for policymakers in 2019.”

Martin Clancy from said: “We’re seeing continuing increased traffic and demand across all our platforms. On average over 1,000 property searches are now taking place every minute on

Average rents, and year-on-year change, Q3 2018

  1. Dublin: €1,968, up 10.9%

  2. Cork: €1,301, up 13.7%

  3. Galway: €1,226, up 16.1%

  4. Limerick: €1,151, up 20.3%

  5. Waterford: €955, up 19.7%

  6. Rest of the country: €937, up 10.6%

The full report is available from and includes a commentary by Ronan Lyons, economist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the report, as well as an analysis of affordability and statistics on residential yields around the country.


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