Kilkenny not being classed as a Rent Pressure Zone is 'unacceptable'

The latest figures revealed the average advertised rent in Kilkenny is now €859, up 50% from its lowest point

Darren Hassett

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Kilkenny not being classed as a Rent Pressure Zone is 'unacceptable'

Kilkenny not being included as a Rent Pressure Zone is "unacceptable", a local senator has said. 

In an RPZ, rents cannot rise by more than 4% annually there.

Fianna Fáil Senator Jennifer Murnane O'Connor said: "We have put forward a new Bill to give the Residential Tenancies Board, RTB, investigatory powers to reinforce rent pressure zones, RPZs.

"This week, we have approved a new Bill to extend rent pressure zones to purpose built student accommodation. I would argue that we need to look at the pockets of rent surges throughout the country and at rolling out rent pressure zones outside the commuter belts.

"On 17 April the Minister announced a tenancy Bill in the Cabinet which states that any landlord in rent pressure zones will commit an offence if they increase the rent above 4%.

"Our neighbouring counties, Wicklow and Kildare, are in rent pressure zones but Laois, Kilkenny, Wexford and Carlow are not in rent pressure zones.

"In terms of what has happened, the Department has put together a plan and neighbouring counties are in rent pressure zones but Carlow, my constituency, Kilkenny, Laois and Wexford are not in those rent pressure zones.

"That is unacceptable and I have highlighted that for the Minister on several occasions.

"Fianna Fáil supports measures which have legislation to empower the RTB to undertake its own investigations, with the Social Democrats, to strengthen RPZs."

The matter was raised during a debate in the Seanad on April 25. 

Rents rose in Kilkenny by 7.9% in the year to December 2017, according to the latest quarterly Rental Report by Daft.ie.

The average advertised rent is now €859, up 50% from its lowest point.