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Scottish Energy Efficiency PRS Regulations now approved

26 February 2020

Ministers have approved The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 which will come into force on 1 April 2020 and will prescribe a minimum level of energy efficiency from 1 October 2020 for homes in the Scottish Private Rented Sector (PRS). Read More...

More tenants than ever seek housing as rental stock dwindles

25 February 2020

ARLA Propertymark’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) report shows that the demand for rental accommodation has reached a record high in January, with an average of 88 prospective tenants registered per member branch. Read More...

No change to Right to Rent despite new UK points-based system

21 February 2020

The UK Government has announced that from 1 January 2021, free movement will end, and they will introduce the UK’s Points-Based System but they are still no closer to confirming plans for the future of Right to Rent checks after Britain leaves the EU. Read More...

Custodial or Insured, which scheme comes out on top?

17 February 2020

Propertymark Industry Supplier, Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) reveal the most popular type of tenancy deposit protection scheme. Read More...

£16 million funding to go to survivors of domestic violence

17 February 2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed that 75 councils across England will benefit from funding to help boost their domestic abuse refuge services. Read More...

Housing dominates Irish elections

Tuesday 11 February 2020

With the general election results now in and Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael finishing in third place, many commentators have said that dealing with housing needs should be top of the new Government’s agenda and tackled sooner rather than later.

The election, having shone light on the issues, represents where comparisons and differences can be made to the UK housing market.

Looking at housing, rent prices around Ireland have risen by 5.2 per cent in the past year and the average monthly price of rent is now €1,403, according to a report from property website on the latest quarter in November 2019. In comparison to Propertymark’s PRS report in November, where rents plummeted in the UK to the lowest in eight months. Furthermore, tenants experiencing rent rises fell by 18 percentage points in November with 32 per cent of agents witnessing an increase in rent prices, down from 50 per cent in October.

The rental report from said that the price of rent in Dublin has had the slowest period of growth since mid-2012. However, prices remain high in every county around the country. 

Over the past few years, the homelessness and housing crisis in Ireland has continued to deepen. Figures for December 2019 showed that 9,731 people were in emergency accommodation, including 6,309 adults and 3,422 children.

General Election – where the newly elected party stands on housing and homelessness

Fianna Fáil, the party with the highest number of seats told that the party is committed to building 50,000 new social housing units by 2025 which would be made available as part of the ‘Home First’ strategy. 

It also aims to increase Rent Supplement and Housing Assistance Payment and plans to increase homeless funding to €250 million per annum and seeks to establish a "preventing homelessness" fighting fund.

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We will set up a rolling acquisition fund in the Housing Agency to purchase repossessed units and keep those tenants in place. At current repossession numbers we will allocate €168 million to purchase all repossessed Buy to Let units.

Fianna Fáil

Sinn Féin disrupted the established parties’ legacy of governing by winning the second-highest number of seats, a result that Northern Ireland’s First Minister attributed housing and health rather than any support for Irish unity.

Sinn Féin priorities in government would include building 100,000 new social and affordable homes and ensuring 20 per cent of housing on all new developments is social and affordable.

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Ireland's rental market has been continuously getting worse throughout the year. Nonetheless, rents continue to climb and from a base where they are already high compared to wages.

As has been the case throughout the last ten years, there is no quick-fix regulatory solution for the sector. Rather, fixing it will involve the construction of tens of thousands of new rental homes every year for the foreseeable future.

Ronan Lyons, economist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the report

Propertymark’s General Election manifesto

Whilst Propertymark agrees that more homes need to be built to accommodate the growing number of renters and make it more affordable, to continue to reform the PRS in the UK, Propertymark has long called for Government to take forward the recommendations of the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) Working Group and was included in our General Election manifesto. Regulation offers huge potential to professionalise the sector through a code of practice, licensing and qualifications.

Propertymark's manifesto