New measures to see rent increases linked to inflation
The Government has approved measures which will see rent increases linked to general inflation and an extension of rent pressure zones to the end of 2024.
Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said the provisions will likely take effect by 19 July.
The current cap of 4% on rent increases in Rent Pressure Zones will be replaced.
Rents will be linked to general inflation, as measured by the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices, a model followed by EU countries.
Any rent increase will be linked to the rate of inflation at the time of a tenant’s rent review.
The level of inflation Ireland is expected to be 1.7% this month.
All Rent Pressure Zones are set to be extended until the end of 2024.
For tenancies outside of Rent Pressure Zone areas, the current provision which restricts rent reviews to every two years, will also be extended to the end of 2024.
Mr O’Brien said that all of the changes will be included in the Residential Tenancies Bill and will take effect once the bill is passed by the Oireachtas, which he expects will happen by 19 July.
“All tenants, including students and the most vulnerable tenants, are set to gain significant protections under this Bill,” said Minister O’Brien.