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Minister must make it an offence to advertise non-compliant short term lets - Eoin Ó Broin TD

29 July, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on the Minister for Housing to make it an offence to advertise non-compliant short term lets. The call comes as a story in the Irish Times this morning shows that only a small number of Airbnb landlords have registered their properties under the new short-term letting regulations.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The low level of registration of short term lets under the new rules, as reported this morning by the Irish Times, is disappointing but not surprising.

“When the legislation was going through the Oireachtas, Sinn Féin proposed that it should be an offence for any non-compliant short term lets to be advertised on any platform. However, the Minister did not deem this measure necessary.

“The regulation and enforcement of laws on short term lets should not just fall on local authorities.

“Minister Murphy should review the regulations and introduce a civil sanctions regime and fine platforms and estate agents that advertise properties that do not comply with the new rules.

“If the Minister is sincere about tackling the impact of short terms on the rental market then he should consider introducing such measures.”

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