Industry & Business housing supply hits record low housing supply hits record low

February 09
13:59 2016

rent_dublin_houseA report today indicates that housing supply was at its lowest point on record at the beginning of this month. The study, from also suggests that rents nationwide rose by an average of 9% last year.

There were just 3,600 properties available to rent nationwide at the beginning of February, the lowest point on record.  That compares to over 5,200 a year ago and almost 16,000 five years ago. said that Dublin has been effectively starved of rental properties with less than two weeks supply or just 1,400 rental homes on the market in the capital at the beginning of February.

Meanwhile, today’s report also shows that the national average rent between October and December last year was €979, up from €898 the previous year.

The rental pressure has also spread outside Dublin. Rents were 15.4% higher than a year ago in Cork city and 13.3% higher in Galway city.

Economist for Daft, Ronan Lyons, said it is incumbent on the next government to listen to the National Competitiveness Council, which will be benchmarking construction costs, and come up with an action plan.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Lyons said housing supply is the worst on record for the past 10 years and that we are in “unchartered territory”.

He said we need to look at how expensive is it to build relative to our own incomes.

He also pointed to figures which suggest that is is 100 times more expensive to certify the safety of an apartment of a home in the Republic compared to the North of Ireland.

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