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Where are the Airbnb regulations? – Ó Broin

10 October, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has expressed his frustration at the Minister for Housing’s delay in publishing regulations for short term letting platforms such as Airbnb.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Minister Eoghan Murphy stated at the Housing Committee two weeks ago that the regulations would be published the following week and there is still no sign of them.

“It is incredibly frustrating that a measure which could have a positive impact on the rental crisis in our cities is just sitting on the Minister’s desk.

“A glance on Inside Airbnb this afternoon shows that there are 3,165 entire homes listed on Airbnb in Dublin for short term letting purposes.

“In contrast, there are only 1, 343 homes to rent on the rental website

“Since the Minister offered absolutely nothing for renters in the Budget yesterday, it seems the very least he could do is take action on a report from the working group he established that has been on his desk since April.

“The Minister has had plenty of material to work with. Regulating Airbnb and other online letting platforms has been done in other cities.

“He also has the recommendations from the from the Oireachtas Housing Committee published a year ago in October 2017, and further detailed proposals made by Sinn Féin published in December 2017.

“We desperately need properties returned to the long term rental market in the cities and regulating Airbnb and other online letting platforms is one potential way to do this.” 

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