A system which is supposed to protect tenants from big rent rises is not to be working in Laois according to the latest official figures which also show an annual increase of more than 10% beyond €1,000 a month.
New data from the Rental Tenancies Board (RTB) also shows that the Laois rents are rising at a faster rate than the national average and the county. Laois is also now in the Dublin commuter counties or Greater Dublin Area in terms of the scale of rent charged by landlords.
Most contentiously, the report shows that rules restricting rises do not appear to be complied with by some property owners. The permitted rises in Rent Pressure Zone caps in Portlaoise, Portarlington and Graiguecullen is being exceeded significantly.
The findings are contained in the (RTB) quarterly Rent Index for the April to June period (Q2) of 2021. This report is compiled in