Rents in Dublin are now higher than they were at the peak of the boom - but the rate at which they are increasing is slowing, according to the latest quarterly figures from the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB).
Nationally, rents increased by 9.8 per cent last year, slowing between the third quarter, when the increase was 3.6 per cent, and the fourth, when it was 2.2 per cent.
Rents in Dublin increased by 9 per cent last year – with the sums paid for houses up 9.5 per cent and apartments up 8.7 per cent.
Rents for houses averaged €1,431 in Dublin and for apartments averaged €1,314 - 0.4 per cent higher than in 2007.
This compares with €1,307 for a house and €1,209 for an apartment in Dublin at the end of 2014.
The report shows rents outside Dublin are still almost 15 per cent below their 2007 peak.
Outside Dublin at the end of last year, houses were averaging €728 per month and apartments €696, compared with €664 and €629 respectively a year earlier.
Simon Communities Ireland, meanwhile, reiterated its call for a full minister for housing.