SIPTU Housing Conference to address challenges facing the north west

Average monthly rents in the North West have increased significantly over the last five years.


They rose by nearly 40% in Leitrim while in County Sligo, rents rose by a third.


House prices have also skyrocketed in the region, with prices in Sligo and Leitrim rising by over half since 2017.


Homelessness has increased by 70% in the North West also over the last five years.


The data has been released ahead of SIPTUs Housing Conference which is getting underway tomorrow.


Michael Taft Research Officer with SIPTU has been commenting on the statistics: