Minister ignores Airbnb advice from opposition and Departmental officials- Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has criticised the Minister for Housing for ignoring important advice from both his Departmental officials and opposition parties in the regulation of short term letting platforms like Airbnb.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The report of the Working Group on the regulation of short term lets, which Sinn Féin made a submission to, has finally been published.
“In this report it is recommended that short term letting platforms, like Airbnb, should be responsible for ensuring that properties advertised on their platforms were registered with the relevant local authority.
“The report further stated that a breach of this requirement would be an offence and could also be grounds for the revocation of a licence to operate as an on-line intermediary or other sanction.
“When we were discussing the short term letting proposals at the Housing Committee in April this year, I raised the very same issues as the officials in this report have.
“I argued that there should be a legal obligation on the platform as well as the host to ensure that properties were registered and that the platform should be sanctioned in cases where it is advertising properties that are not in line with the legislation.
"It should be a planning offence to advertise non-compliant short term lets. As the enforcement of planning issues fall within the remit of local authorities Minister Murphy’s argument that it is a tourism issue and therefore falls to Minister Ross to regulate doesn’t hold up.
“We need to see more stringent controls on short term lets and the platforms that facilitate it, especially in high demand urban areas.
"The planning regulations recently introduced, as we saw last week, has very poor uptake to date.
"If this continues Minister Murphy must re visit the issue of placing the responsibility for compliance on the platforms as well as the host."
Note to editors: Please see link to report of the Working Group Below.