Limerick remains outside rent pressure zone despite costs above average – The Irish Times

Limerick will not become a rent pressure zone despite two of its three electoral areas having rents above the national average, the Dáil has heard.

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said that while Limerick East and West met the criteria with rent rises of more than 7 per cent in five of the past six quarters, Limerick city north did not.

He acknowledged there were significant rent pressures in areas like Limerick but“the legislation as drafted does not allow for me, the Housing Agency or local authorities to take a different approach”.

And he warned they had to ensure that any action they took did not make things worse by forcing more landlords out of the market as that would not protect tenants. More than 1,500 landlords had left the rental market since 2015,.

Labour housing spokeswoman Jan O’Sullivan had called for Limerick and Waterford cities to be included in

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