Strandhill in Co Sligo is one of four new local electoral areas designated as Rent Pressure Zones from today.

Rents in Strandhill, Baltinglass in Wicklow, Piltown in Kilkenny, and Cobh in Co Cork will only be able to increase by a maximum of 4% per year.

This brings to 25 the number of areas brought under Rent Pressure Zone rules this year.

Meanwhile, the latest figures from the Residential Tenancies Board shows national rents increased by over 8% this year.

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