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Latest data from RTB Quarterly Rent Index - Q4 2017

Mar 21, 2018
  • The RTB Q4 2017 Rent Index, for all new tenancies, shows nationally the annual growth rate of rent was 6.4%, which has slowed from 8.0% in the previous quarter.

  • While rents have increased, the rate of growth has slowed in Dublin, Cork and nationally.

    National standardised average rent for new tenancies was €1,054 (up €12 from Q3).

  • In Dublin the average rent stood at €1,511; in the Greater Dublin Area (Meath, Wicklow and Kildare) at €1,103; outside of the Greater Dublin Area was €793.

  • Q3 to Q4 changes in average rents nationally of 1.1%, in Dublin 1.1%; Greater Dublin Area (excl. Dublin) 3.3%, Outside Greater Dublin Area -1.3%.


According to the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB), in the October-December period of 2017 (Q4) the standardised national average rent for new tenancies was €1,054 per month, up from €990 one year earlier. In percentage terms, nationally rents grew by 6.4% over the year to Q4, which brings the growth rate down to levels seen in early 2017. This represents a slowdown relative to Q3 2017 which was 8.0%.

The data is reported in the RTB’s Quarter 4 2017 Rent Index Report which was published today. The report is produced in conjunction with the Economic and Social Research Institute and is based on the actual rents being paid in over 17,700 new tenancies registered with the RTB during the quarter.

Rents in Dublin continue to increase with average rent of €1,511 (up from €1,436 one year earlier). The annualised growth rate of rent in Dublin, stood at 5.2%, which represents a decline from 8% in Q3 2017. Significantly the annual growth rate for Dublin is the lowest growth rate since 2013. From Q3 to Q4 2017 in Dublin, rents increased from €1,494 to €1,511, however, the quarterly growth rate also slowed from 2.3% in Q3 to 1.1%.

In the Greater Dublin Area (excluding Dublin) standardised average rent stood at €1,103 (compared to €1,026 year on year). This area has shown an increased growth rate from 4.8% in Q3 2017 to 7.5%, the highest since Q4 2016.

Outside the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) average rent was €793 up from €740 year on year and rents were up 7.1% which is a small decrease from 7.9% year on year growth in Q3 2017.

Other Key points from the RTB Rent Index Q4 Report


  • In Q4 2017, there were four counties where the average rent exceeded €1,000 per month (Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow).
  • Nationally the standardised average rent for new tenancies for houses was €1,055 per month, up from €991 a year earlier; apartments €1,152 up from €1,094 per month.

  • The Index contains a new cities model showing that rents are highest in cities (Dublin; Cork; Galway; Waterford; and Limerick). Growth rates are mixed: Cork (5.2%) and Dublin city (5.9%) have lower annualised growth rates than Galway (8.5%), Limerick (10%), and Waterford (7.4%) in Q4 2017.


Commenting on the Q4 Index, RTB Director Rosalind Carroll said;

“The continued strong economic and demographic growth combined with restricted supply continues to put pressure on the rental market and those seeking a place to live. We see that, in the 6.4% annual increase in new rents to the end of Q4 2017. However, this rate of increase has slowed from the previous quarter and the last time the annual growth rate in new rents was below this level was in Q1 2014.

"The report shows that in the Dublin rental market rents continue to increase (from €1,494 in Q3 to €1,511), however, the quarter on quarter growth rate at 1.1% has slowed compared to the previous quarters. Within the figures published today we can see some sense of the pressure on rents in Dublin rippling out to the wider GDA while outside the GDA new rents actually fell in Q4”.

“Finally, it is worth noting that the Rent Index is based on new tenancies registered and therefore does not reflect what is happening within existing tenancies. Some of the new tenancies will be properties new to the rental market (i.e. not let in the previous 24 months) and therefore are exempt from the 4% rent restrictions of the Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs). Further reports and data will provide additional insight in to the impact of the RPZs and their impact on the rental market.”

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Enforcement of Determination Orders to move from Circuit Court To District Court from 26th February 2018

Mar 09, 2018

From the 26th February 2018, the enforcement of RTB Determination Orders will move from the Circuit Court to the District Court. As there are more District Courts nationwide which sit more often than the Circuit Court, this will provide for quicker access to the Courts at a significantly reduced cost.

Enforcement is an important function of the Residential Tenancies Board. When landlords, tenants and third parties bring disputes to the RTB through mediation, adjudication or tribunal, they receive a legally binding Determination Order. The majority of these are complied with but where they are not, the RTB takes non compliance with Determination Orders very seriously. This change in moving from the Circuit to the District Court is therefore an important and welcome change in terms of trying to address these issues more quickly.

What to do if a Determination Order is not complied with?

If an order is not complied with, there are two options for enforcement.

1- You can make an application for the RTB to take enforcement in the courts on your behalf. More information on this is below and can be downloaded here.


2-You can take your own enforcement proceedings in the Court. In order to support parties who wish to take their own enforcement proceedings, the RTB have developed a step-by-step guide to the new process in the District Court which can be downloaded

The RTB will take a large amount of the requested enforcement cases, but it does not have the budget to take them all. To help lower the cost of enforcement for the RTB, the RTB has created new way of supporting enforcement cases  by creating  a panel of solicitors who will take enforcement proceedings on behalf of the RTB. While the budget for RTB activities is limited, it is expected that by reducing the cost of enforcement proceedings  and by the change to the District Court this will allow the RTB to provide legal assistance in a higher number of cases. If you wish to request the RTB to provide assistance to you to pursue  enforcement you can email to request an application form.  Decisions on urgent cases are prioritised first, these includes cases concerning overholding, serious rent arrears, non return of deposits  and unlawful termination.

What if you have an existing case going through the Circuit Court?

The District court will be responsible for all new enforcement cases from the 26th February. If you already have a scheduled date for enforcement within the Circuit Court this should go ahead as planned in the Circuit Court. All other cases will be dealt with in your local District Court.  

It is important to note that the majority of landlords and tenants do comply with Determination Orders however,  the RTB recognises that, where they don’t, the impact can be considerable. The RTB will continue develop and improve the enforcement  process by taking as many cases as possible with the budget available as well as supporting parties to take their own proceedings.

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