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Minister dithering yet again on short term lets – Ó Broin

5 September, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has accused Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy of dithering on introducing regulations for the short term lettings sector. The Minister has had a report from the working group he established to look at this issue on his desk since April.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Minister Murphy is once again announcing that he is ‘considering’ doing something as opposed to actually taking action to regulate the short term lettings sector.

“I do not understand what is holding up the Minister from making a decision.

“He references trying to achieve balance between holiday rentals and residential lets.

“The tourism industry in Ireland is booming. Tourism Ireland is expecting a record year for tourism revenue in 2018 and data released by Airbnb last month indicating that this summer has been the company's busiest summer yet with around 640,000 people renting Airbnb properties this summer.

“On the flip side, the average rent for new tenancies in Dublin is now €1,527, an annual increase of 7.8%.

“Data from Inside Airbnb today shows that 3,165 entire homes are available to let on Airbnb in the capital.

“ today shows that there are just 1,166 homes available to rent in Dublin city today.

“There is no balance. There is no excuse for any further delays.

“This Minister has the report from his Departmental working group, detailed proposals from the Oireachtas Housing Committee published nearly a year ago in October 2017, and further detailed proposals made by Sinn Féin published in December 2017.

“The time for considering is over. The Minster needs to act without delay.” 

Note: Please see link to Sinn Féin proposals and the Oireachtas Committee report

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