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Minister Murphy must explain delay in publishing short term letting regulations- Eoin Ó Broin TD

26 June, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on Minister Eoghan Murphy to explain why he is delaying acting on regulating the short term lettings sector when he should be doing all he can to alleviate the rental crisis in our cities.

The Dublin Mid-West TD said:

“We have been raising this issue since I was elected to the Dáil two years ago.

“We have published a cross-party Housing Committee report in October last which makes a series of recommendations after hosting hearings with stakeholders on the issue.

“Sinn Féin has published a document with our own recommendations on how to regulate the sector.

“Short term letting platforms we have engaged with want regulation.

“So where are the regulations? According to website Inside Airbnb there are 5,377 listings for short term lets in Dublin City today, which are primarily in high demand areas close to the city centre.

“A quick search on shows there are only 1,397 properties available for longer term tenants listed for Dublin City today.

“The Minister has the report from the working group that was established in June 2017 on his desk since April this year.

“As we head into peak summer season with increasing tourist demand and pressures on the private rental market we need to see the government making moves to regulate the sector.

“The absence of any affordable homes to rent or buy in the city is compounding the crisis. If the Minister isn’t willing to introduce an affordable housing scheme then he must take steps to curb the practice of commercial landlords with multiple listings using all online short term letting platforms to maximise profits.”

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