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Average rents in Louth continued to grow in first quarter of 2020

Average rents in Louth continued to grow in first quarter of 2020
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Average rents in Louth grew by a further 1.3% in the first quarter of 2020 to their highest point on record, the latest figures from the Residential Tenancies Board have revealed

Rents have grown from €1,026 in the previous quarter to €1,039.

This has contributed to annual growth of 3.6% with the average rent in the county now €36 up on this time last year when it stood at €1003.

The RTB Rent Index, which is compiled in conjunction with the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), is the authoritative guide to the Irish rental market.

The highest rent in the county was in the Dundalk South electoral district at €1,118.93, down from €1,119.15. Dundalk Carlingford also fell back slightly from an average rent of €1005.80 to €1003.79.

Drogheda Urban rents came in at €1,074, Drogheda Rural was €1,022.24 while in Ardee the average was €980.07.

Last July the Dundalk Carlingford, Dundalk South and Ardee Electoral Areas were designated as Rent Pressure Zones, following in the footsteps of the two Drogheda regions.

A Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) is a designated area where rents cannot be increased by more than 4% per annum. This applies to new and existing tenancies.

Rent Pressure Zones were first introduced in late 2016 in an effort to combat rising rents.