Today’s report on the rental market highlights the need for rent for rent transparency to avoid further incorrect interpretation of data. That’s according to Fine Gael TD for Dublin North West, Noel Rock, who was responding to the report’s findings that the average rent on new leases in Dublin has increased to €1,822 per month.

Speaking on the matter, Deputy Rock said: “Today’s report shows it’s time for real rent transparency so we can see at what rate rents are rising, be it in existing tenancies or new tenancies.

“The Bill that I tabled in the Dáil on this matter could have one of two outcomes: it could vindicate the Government position and show that rent pressure zones and rent certainty is working, or it could highlight that there are some who are not complying with the RPZ legislation – which in itself would be a problem.

“In either event, it’s important the Government acts to bring about certainty – and that’s what my Bill would do.

“The Government is, and always should be open to actions which assist renters where possible. Minister Murphy and this Government have made real progress and shown real openness to new ideas and actions in this regard.

“The Rent Transparency Bill is one such action, which I presented to the Dáil last June. I would hope that the Government can implement my Bill or a Bill that achieves this, as soon as possible”.