Today’s Irish Independent front page
New figures from the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) show 455,000 lived in private rented housing in December 2013. This has risen to 695,646 today, meaning the number has increased by 240,000 or 52pc in just 18 months.
I got onto PRTB and they said the figures quoted in 2013 reflects the number of “tenants” listed on a registration application form. However, this “tenants figure” generally represents only the named parties in a tenancy agreement with contractual responsibility for that tenancy and does not reflect the actual number of people living in the private rental sector, e.g. it generally would not include minors under the age of 18.
During 2014, the PRTB introduced a new statistic based on the number of “occupants” listed on the registration application form (see above). The PRTB believe the “Occupants” figure gives a truer picture of the numbers residing in the private rental sector. Do you see what the newspaper did so?