Galway City “rent caps” to come into force immediately

Housing Minister Simon Coveney final evening revealed the listing of latest rent-pressure zones, which is able to see the caps come into pressure instantly.

The caps, that are set at 4pc each year, have been launched in Dublin and Cork cities earlier than Christmas after settlement was reached between Wonderful Gael and Fianna Fáil.

The brand new listing of zones consists of Galway metropolis, in addition to 23 cities in Cork and alongside the Dublin commuter belt. These embody Bray in Co Wicklow, Naas, Celbridge and Newbridge in Co Kildare, and Laytown-Bettystown, Ashbourne and Ratoath in Co Meath.

The areas have been finalised by Mr Coveney on the again of suggestions by the Residential Tenancies Board and the Housing Company. They’ll come into impact as rental strain zones from at the moment.

For cities to be designated as a strain zone the typical lease must be above the nationwide common and costs will need to have elevated by 7pc in 4 of the final six quarters.

Landlords can improve lease by solely 4pc a yr for the following three years in designated zones.

Nonetheless, there shall be disappointment over the choice to not embody Waterford or Limerick within the newest listing of areas.

Final evening, Mr Coveney acknowledged that provide was an important challenge that wanted to be addressed.

However he stated this transfer would push the variety of tenancies protected to above 200,000.

“We have now made very vital progress in a brief area of time to have this new system in place and to make sure that we are able to correctly goal this intervention in direction of these areas dealing with probably the most extreme pressures,” Mr Coveney stated. “Over the medium time period although, further provide is the correct technique to tackle rental pressures. We have to guarantee the provision aspect response is powerful and swift by implementing the complete vary of complementary provide measures contained within the rental technique.”


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