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Eight month lead in for Airbnb regulations ‘unwarranted & unnecessary’ – Ó Broin

25 October, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has commented on the regulations for the short term lettings sector which were published today, labelling the 8 month lead in period “unwarranted” and “unnecessary”.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Sinn Féin broadly welcomes the proposed regulations for short term letting published by Minister Eoghan Murphy today. They are broadly in line with the detail proposals made to Government both by Sinn Féin and the Oireachtas Housing Committee 12 months ago.

“The regulations make a clear distinction between non-professional home sharers and commercial short term letting businesses. 

“The 90 day definition for short term letting is reasonable and the requirement for planning permission for all short term lets above this limit is the right approach.

“However, the eight month lead in time is unwarranted and unjustified. The crisis in our rental market, particularly in Dublin City Centre can’t wait eight months for these regulations. This lead in period must be reduced significantly

“The Minister must also ensure that Councils are given the required staff and powers to enforce the new regulations. 

“Any sanction and fine for breach of the regulations must apply to short term letting platforms and agents as well as the property owners.” 

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