The Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions brought about some change in the Irish private rental market in 2020, however an underlying chronic lack of affordable supply persists.
The latest Simon Communities of Ireland Locked Out of the Market report found there were 3019 properties available to rent at any price within the 16 areas over the period 14th to 16th December 2020. This represents a significant 19% increase from the 2,543 properties which were available to rent at any price in the September 2020 Locked Out study period. However, it is a similar number to the 2,988 properties recorded in the June 2020 Locked Out study, representing just a 1% increase in supply since June. The increase in supply is driven primarily by Dublin.