End of eviction ban will make it harder to find rentals outside Dublin, Simon Community says – The Irish Times

The cessation of a moratorium on evictions and rent increases during the Covid-19 emergency will make it more difficult for people outside the Dublin region to find homes, the Simon Community has warned.

The charity made the comment on foot of its new report, Locked Out, which shows positive developments in the private rental market around the capital but less so elsewhere.

Examining 16 areas advertised on the website Daft.ie in March and later in June, it found the pandemic had brought about “substantial change” in the market including a significant increase in supply in urban areas and cities.

However, it said, this has not been met with improved affordability – a significant increase in properties that qualify for the HAP scheme (Housing Assistance Payment) are limited to the Dublin region.

Spokesman Wayne Stanley said the Government’s recent move to end a ban on evictions and rent hikes during the

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