STRAFFAN, Sallins, Clane and Maynooth recorded the largest rent rises in County Kildare in the year the first quarter of this year.
An analysis of monthly rents recorded by the Private Residential Tenancies Board, indicates that average rents increased narrowly in many areas of the county but there were drops in some parts of Kildare.
The movements were small, however and the largest rise was in Straffan were the average rent increased 3.2% to €1,067.
We looked at the figures as the CSO announced a 1.2% rise nationally in the price of houses for the year to the end of June, but a 4.2% in Dublin.
Kildare, particularly the north, has generally recorded prices somewhere between the national and Dublin ones.
Despite almost 50% drops in property prices since 2007, the CSO House Building Cost Index, which includes labour and materials, but excludes, profits, recorded a small increase from 200 in April 2007 to 204.50 in April 2013.
Rent rise, Sallins saw a 2.6% rise to 767 while Clane rents rose 2.5% to €768.
Less good news for students was a 2.3% rise in Maynooth to €938.96.
There were smaller increases in Athy, Naas, Kilcullen and Celbridge.
The were narrow drops, in all cases by under one per cent, in Leixlip, Kilcock, Rathangan and Kill.
The above figures are average for all types of property and bedroom numbers.
When it came three bed semi-detached houses, increases in Celbridge, Clane, Maynooth, Athy and Naas ranged from 1% in Athy to €564 to a 3.27% jump in Celbridge to €900.
These Maynooth rents rose 1.37% to €927.
In Leixlip monthly rents fell 2% to €913.08 and in Newbridge, they dropped 1.49% to €797.
- Henry Bauress