Laois Rents fall by just over half a percent in 2010

7th February, 2011 – Nationwide rents fell by just over half a percent (0.6%) over the course of 2010, according to the latest report published by the property website, The fall compares with a drop of 15% during 2009. The average rent nationwide now stands at €830, 27% below the 2007 peak.

The levelling off in rents nationally hides different regional trends. In Dublin, rents in some areas are up to 2% higher than a year previously. In Cork and Galway, rents were largely unchanged over the year. In Waterford and Limerick cities, rents fell by between 3% and 4% over the course of 2010. Outside the main cities, rents continued to decline, falling an average of 3.5% over the year. The total number of properties available to rent nationwide has fallen from a high of over 23,000 in mid-2009 to less than 16,000 at the start of February.
Laois & West Leinster
In the Midlands counties of Laois, Westmeath, Offaly and Longford, rents fell 1.4% in the final three months of the year, have been static between June and September. The average rent in Offaly in the third quarter of 2010 was €605, a fall of €210 from the peak in 2007.
Commenting on the report, Ronan Lyons, Economist at, said: “For any property market, be it sales or rental, urban or rural, the key condition for a levelling off in prices is clearing the overhang on the market. In Dublin’s rental market, and to a lesser extent in those of the other cities around the country, that happened over the course of 2010. Across large parts of the country, however, there remains a significant oversupply on the market, which is pushing down rents. All eyes will be on rents in Dublin during 2011, as stable rents could indicate a stabilisation in the labour market and broader economy.”
Average rents in the cities, Q4 2010
Dublin: €1080, up 0.3% during 2010
Cork: €824, down 1.9% during 2010
Galway: €804, down 0.3% during 2010
Limerick: €688, down 3.2% during 2010
Waterford: €645, down 4.1% during 2010
The full report is available from and includes a commentary by economic analyst Lorcan Roche Kelly, as well as an analysis of affordability and statistics on residential yields around the country.
For further information please contact:
Ronan Lyons (086 604 5655), –

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