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Where are the rent pressure zones in Ireland?

Learn more about the rent pressure zones in Ireland and what they mean for you

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If you rent in Ireland there are certain areas around the country called rent pressure zones. In these areas there are laws in place that mean that rent can only be increased by 4% a year. These zones are located in parts of the country where the rents are highest and continue to rise. The purpose of these zones is slow the rise of rent in these areas so that those living that area can live in accommodation that is affordable.

Where are the rent pressure zones located?

  • Cork: Cobh, Ballincollig – Carrigaline, Cork City Council
  • Dublin: Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council
  • Galway: Galway City Council, Galway City East, Galway City West
  • Kildare: Maynooth, Celbridge-Leixlip, Naas, Newbridge
  • Meath: Ashbourne, Laytown-Bettystown, Ratoath
  • Wicklow: Bray, Wicklow town, Greystones
  • Louth: Drogheda

What are the exemptions in rent pressure zones? 

Not all properties in rent pressure zones are included in the 4% increase per year restrictions. If a property is new to the rental market, has not been let at any time in the previous two years or has undergone substantial renovations the rent can be increased by more than 4%.

How do I know if I am in an rent pressure zone?

There is a tool online that can tell you if a property is in a rent pressure zone called the RPZ Calculator. The calculator can also be used to calculate the maximum rent amount for the tenancy. Click here to use the rent pressure calculator.

Renting in rent pressure zones as a new tenant

If you start renting newly renting in a rent pressure zone, unless the property does not come under the restrictions, the landlord has to provide you with the following things in writing at the beginning of the tenancy:  

  • The amount the rent was for the last tenant
  • The date the rent was last set for the previous tenant
  • A statement that shows how the rent was calculated for the previous tenant under the rent pressure zone restrictions

The rent cannot be set at above local market rent for similar properties in the area.

My landlord wants to raise my rent, are they allowed?

If you live in a rent pressure zone and your landlord wants to increase your rent they must give you 90 days notice in writing. In writing means by letter and a text or email does not count. If you began renting after the 24th of December 2016, unless substantial renovations to the property have been made, your landlord is only allowed to increase the rent by 4%.

If you have rented your property since before the 24th of December 2016, your landlord can only review the rent 24 months after you began renting or 24 months after the date the rent was last set. After that time when setting the rent the landlord must abide by the rent pressure zone restrictions.

The rent pressure zone calculator can help you to figure out how much your landlord is allowed to increase your rent by. Click here to go to the rent pressure zone calculator.

I think my landlord has increased my rent too much, is there anything I can do?

If you have a complaint regarding the increase of your rent you can submit a review to the Residential Tenancies Board. You should make your complaint as soon as possible after getting notice of a rent increase. You can submit a complaint before the new rent starts or within 28 days of receiving notice. If the rent increase if found to be above the 4% limit, your landlord may have to return the to the correct amount and pay in some cases pay your damages.

How long am I entitled to live at the property I rent?

If you began renting where you live before the 24th of December 2016, after a six month probation period, you have the right to remain at the property for a further three and a half years. If you began renting after the 24th of December, after the six month probation period, you have the right to remain in the house for a further five and a half years.

For more information about your rights when renting in a rent pressure zone click here.

Need more information?

We are here to answer your questions and talk through your options. Our online chat service is for 16 to 25 year olds and is available Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm. Chat to us now about your situation.

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Published Jan­u­ary 28th2019
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