Rents the state pays for social homes is set to rise by up to 16 per cent

Government opposition says state is actively ‘acting against public interest by pushing up rent levels’ due to decision to link rents to inflation

Pat Davitt, chief executive, Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers. ‘There is now another layer of the rental market where higher rents can be charged and increased at larger rates.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips