Samantha Olivera doesn't need to read the latest report from to find out just how challenging the rental market is.

She's experiencing it first-hand.

Originally from Brazil, she moved to Ireland with her husband and daughter in 2016. Their son was born here a short time later.

The family has been living in a house in Glasthule in Dublin ever since.

But in March this year they were told by their landlady that she is selling the property, and consequently they have to move out.

Their deadline is 23 September.

"I basically had a panic attack yesterday," she says.

"I really don't know what to do if we don't find a home... So, if next month I don't have a house, what am I going to do? Am I going to have to put my kids in a tent in the park? What is my next move because I don't know.

"So far, we have had no luck at all," she says.

"I've been on like every single day in the morning and afternoon, keep refreshing it and have applied for everything... When we get lucky and get a viewing, there are loads of people seeing it at the same time."

When they first moved in, their rent was around €2,000 per month; it's currently €2,200.

Their budget for somewhere new is not small. The couple are willing to stretch to €3,500 per month.

"It's not that we don't have the money ... we don't have houses!... We made a lot of sacrifices, cutting a lot of things to try and find a place," she says.

The key for the family is to stay close to where they're currently living because they want to be near their childrens' school. Their son has autism and adapting to new environments can be a challenge, Samantha says.

The Olivera family are just one of many currently trying to navigate the rental sector.

Earlier this week, new figures showed the number of termination notices received by tenants in the first half of the year rose by 58%, compared with the latter half of 2021.

Almost 3,000 notices of termination were sent out in the first half of 2022, compared to over 1,800 in the final six months of 2021.

"I can't explain how angry I am," Samantha says.

"I want to be clear, I'm not in any way angry with my landlady, she has the right to sell the house, it's her's.... but the situation is we don't have anywhere to go."

As her moving out deadline approaches ever closer, she's back on

"What are you hoping for?" I ask her.

"A miracle" she replies.