Am I renting in a Rent Pressure Zone?

Rent Pressure Zone Rules

A rent pressure zone is an area where annual rent increases have been at 7% or more in four of the last six quarters and where the rent levels are already above the national average) and in these areas, rent increases will be capped at 4% per annum over a three year period.

Below are the rent pressure zones and the date from which the 4% limit on rent increases take effect from.

From 24th December 2016 

  • Dublin:Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin County Council)
  • Cork:Cork City Council)

 From 27th January 2017

  • Cork: Douglas, Ballincollig, Carrigaline, Passage West
  • Meath: Slane, Julianstown, Dulek, Laytonwn, Bettystown, Ashbourne, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Ratoath
  • Kildare:Naas, Sallins, Celbridge, Leixlip, Rathangan, Kildare, Newbridge
  • Wicklow: Bray, Eniskerry, Wicklow
  • Galway City

You can also check if you are in a rent pressure zone by downloading the map opposite produced by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

The normal rules will continue to apply outside of the designated rent pressure zones. 


The Rent Pressure Zone rules will not apply where the property has not been let in the previous two years or where there has been a substantial refurbishment to the property.

 If your landlord has issued a valid notice prior to the commencement datefor your area, the normal rules apply and not the new rules. The new rules will only come into effect when your rent can next be reviewed-this is currently at least 24 months from either the start of the tenancy or from the date of when you were notified in writing of your last review. Following this rent reviews can take place every 12 months over a three year period.

The new rules will also apply if you are moving in to a new tenancy which is located within a rent pressure zone. In this case, upon commencement of the tenancy, the landlord is required to give you written information outlining the amount of rent and date it was last set under a tenancy for the dwelling and a statement as to how the rent set under the tenancy of the dwelling has been calculated having regard to the rent pressure zone formula.

Further Information

To find out how much your rent can be increased go to the RTB rent calculator.

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