What are Rent Pressure Zones (RPZ)?

A Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) is a designated electoral area where rents can only be increased by up to 4% annually. Certain rules must be followed for rent reviews in RPZs

What are Rent Pressure Zones?

Rent Pressure Zones are designated Local Electoral Areas where rents can only rise by up to 4% per annum, and the rent can be no more than market rent. The 4% maximum applies when rents are set at the start of a tenancy, both new and existing (further part 4) tenancies, and applies when rents are reviewed during an ongoing existing tenancy. 

What criteria must an area meet to be designated as a Rent Pressure Zone?

For an area to be designated a Rent Pressure Zone, rents in the area must be at a high level and they must be rising quickly.

From June 4th 2019 new legislation has changed the RPZ designation criteria. There are three Local Electoral Area comparison groups for the standardised average rents to be compared to when considering the designation of an area as a Rent Pressure Zone:

  1. Dublin: The standardised average rent in Dublin is now compared to the National Standardised Average Rent for the propose of RPZ designation. All of Dublin is currently designated as an RPZ.
  2. GDA: The standardised average rent for LEA’s in the GDA (Meath, Kildare and Wicklow, excluding Dublin) is now compared to the Non-Dublin Standardised Average Rent for the purposes of designating an LEA as an RPZ. The Non-Dublin standardised average rent refers to the standardised average rent in the country, when Dublin is excluded.
  3. Rest of Country: The standardised average rent for LEA’s in the rest of the country is now compared to the Rest of Country Standardised Average Rent for the purposes of designating an LEA as an RPZ. The Rest of Country standardised average rent refers to the standardised average rent in the country, when Dublin and the GDA are excluded.

The new legislation extends all current Rent Pressure Zones out until 31 December 2021. To find out if you are in a Rent Pressure Zone you can type your address into the RPZ Rent Calculator