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Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs)

 

Please note that the law in relation to rent increases has been amended temporarily to protect tenants during the COVID-19 crisis. From Friday 27th March 2020 your landlord cannot increase your rent during a three month emergency period until the end of June. If you are facing rent increase during this time contact Threshold immediately for advice. Click here for more on the new measures covering rent inceases and notices of termination.

 

How your rent can be increased will depend upon whether you live in a designated rent pressure zone or not. If you live in a RPZ the rent can only be reviewed every 12 months and cannot be more than 4% per annum whilst outside of a RPZ the rent can be increased every 24 months but cannot be set higher than market rent. Below are details of the rent pressure zones based on local electoral areas (LEAs)

  • Dublin: Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin County Council)
  • Cork: Cork City Council local authority area, Douglas, Ballincollig, Carrigaline, Passage West, Cobh
  • Meath: Slane, Julianstown, Duleek, Laytown, Bettystown, Ashbourne, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Ratoath and Navan
  • Kildare: Naas, Sallins, Celbridge, Leixlip, Rathangan, Kildare, Newbridge, Maynooth
  • Wicklow: Bray, Enniskerry, Wicklow
  • Galway City
  • Louth: Drogheda 
  • Wicklow: Greystones
  • Limerick: Limerick City East 

 

New Rent Pressure Zones, as of July 2019, are as follows

Ardee, Arklow,  Athenry-Oranmore, Athlone (Westmeath side), Dundalk-Carlingford and Dundalk-South, Fermoy, Gorey, Gort-Kinvara, Graiguecullen-Portarlington, Kells,  Kilkenny, Limerick City North and west, Midleton, Portlaoise, Trim, Waterford City East and Waterford City South

New Rent Pressure Zones, as of September 2019, are as follows

  •  Macroom - this covers areas such as Millstreet, Ballyvourney, Coachford, Cloughduv, Aherla, Lissarda, Crookstown, Canovee, Dripsey, Berrings, Clondrohid, Kilmurry, Ovens, Donoughmore, Farnanes, Inchigeelagh, Crossbarry 
  • Carlow town and the nearby surrounding areas of Ballinacarrig, Johnstown and Burton Hall

 New Rent Pressure Zones, as of 18th December 2019, are as follows

  • Cork: Cobh
  • Wicklow: Baltinglass
  • Kilkenny: Piltown
  • Sligo: Sligo-Strandhill

 

New Rent Pressure Zones, as of April 22nd 2020, are as follows

  • Cork: Mallow
  • Kerry: Killarney
  • Kildare: Athy
  • Westmeath: Tullamore and Mullingar.

 

Exemptions

The RPZ rules will not apply where:

  • The property has not been let in the previous two years or 
  • The property is a protected structure and there was no tenancy in the precending 12 months or
  • Where there has been a substantial change in the nature of the property - there are stritct criteria to meet this exemption please click here for more and contact Threshold for further advice.

 

Moving into a rented property

The RPZ rules also apply if you are moving into a new tenancy located within a rent pressure zone. In the setting of the initial rent, it cannot be above market rent and 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. If you have not been given this, you can use the letter attached to request this and if not provided you can refer a dispute to the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB).

Breaches of the RPZ  rules

In addition to referring a dispute to the RTB, you can also report breaches of the RPZ rules to the Investigation and Sanctions Unit of the RTB. Click here for more

Further Information

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

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