According to the latest quarterly Rental Report by Daft.ie, housing rents are now more expensive than they were at the same stage last year in every county in Ireland.
Nationally, rents have risen by over 11% in the space of twelve months with the national average rent now â¬933 compared to â¬842 a year previously.
Dublin's annual inflation rate has slowed for the first time in five years, but prices have still risen by over 14% in the capital since the last three months of 2013.
In the other city centers, rents continue to climb. Waterford experienced an annual rise of 5%, Limerick 6%, Galway 7% and Cork 8%. Most of Dublin's neighboring counties also continue to see double digit inflation with Meath witnessing growth of 11%, Wicklow 13% and Kildare 14%.
The number of properties available to rent has continued to plummet. On November 1st, there were fewer than 5,400 properties to rent nationwide, the lowest figure since May 2007.
Commenting on the report, Ronan Lyons, economist at TCD and author of the Daft Report, said: "In many ways, the lack of available properties to rent is more concerning than the high rental rates, although clearly the two phenomena are inextricably linked. The only silver lining is the fact that this quarter was the first time in five years that rent inflation in the capital eased somewhat. However, even if an easing in Dublin inflation continues and stops the affordability crisis from worsening, it does nothing to change the availability crisis."
Year-on-year change in rents - major cities, Q3 2014