Rents nationally have hit an all time high, with a chronic shortage of rental properties to blame.

The latest report shows rental prices surged by 12.6% in the second three months of this year when compared to the same period last year.

It's the highest price rise since Daft first began compiling records 16 years ago.

Supply of rental properties is also at its lowest since 2006, with only 716 homes available to rent in the entire country on the 1st of August.

The national average rent is now 1,618 euro a month, in Mayo it’s just under a thousand euro.

Rents in Connacht rose almost 16 percent in the past year, reflecting very low availability, with  just 65 homes were available to rent in the province on the first day of this month.

Mayo Sinn Fein deputy Rose Conway Walsh says the statistics are of no surprise to her as she says she is aware of many families and individuals who are desperate for accommodation, with literally no hope of securing the basic right of shelter.

The deputy has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley...



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