The Government is to ban the traditional rented bedsit, as part of a series of new measures to improve standards in the rented accommodation sector.

A new proposal will see one-room units phased out by new regulations insisting that rental units should have their own sanitary facilities.

The move comes as rents continue to fall in value across the country.

Rents have fallen to their lowest levels in more than two years, according to one of Ireland's biggest property websites. predicts that they are likely to keep falling for at least another 12 months. Read the full report here.

The site says that in the past three months, rents have dropped by an average of 3% across the country due to what it called the dramatic increase in the number of properties available to rent.

At the start of November, there were over 18,000 properties available to rent nationwide, up 133% on the same time last year.

The website says the current downturn in rents is closely related to ongoing uncertainty in the broader housing market.

Economist Ronan Lyons said: '2006 and 2007 saw an unprecedented number of new homes built in Ireland - probably over 170,000 in two years.

'With no shortage of unsold properties, rents can be expected to continue to fall for perhaps another 12 months.

'Much lower numbers of new homes built from 2009 on - perhaps only 55,000 over the course of 2009 and 2010 - should bring Ireland's property market back into balance,' he added.