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Minister must act on Housing Committee recommendations on Airbnb – Ó Broin

5 October, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to act on the recommendations made by the Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government to regulate short term lets. The comments were made following the publication of an all-party committee report on the regulation of short term lets.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Today, the Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government published our report into the Impact of short term lettings on Ireland’s housing and rental market.

“The report recommends that a two-level regulatory regime must be introduced via primary legislation in relation to short term lettings.

“This would involve a strict regime of regulations targeted at entire property, short term commercial lettings at one level. This is designed to combat the practice of commercial landlords with multiple listings using short-term letting platforms to maximise profits, thus removing properties from the long-term rental market.

“The report also recommends that a less stringent second level of regulations for those that rent out their own primary residence for a period of 90 days or less per year should be introduced.

“These regulations would be supported by a licensing system. This system would require all short term letting platforms to register all hosts with the relevant local authority. The introduction of such a system would legally require the platform to provide information with the local authority on the letting type, availability and the amount of revenue generated.

“Over a year ago, An Bord Pleanála upheld a ruling that a property owner in Temple Bar required planning permission to continue renting the property out for short-term lets. At the time, the then Housing Minister Simon Coveney stated that plans were on the way to clamp down on this activity.

“This Committee report recommends that casual short term lettings of up to 90 days annually should be exempt from planning permission.  However, any short term letting in excess of 90 days should require a change of use planning permission.

“These are only three of the Committees key recommendations. The report contains ten other recommendations including a review of planning and development laws and the commissioning of a study on the impact of short term lettings on Ireland’s housing and rental market.” 

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