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Calls for homes on AirBnB to be registered with local councils

The Housing Committee recommended that short term lettings of more than 90 days annually should require change-of-use planning permission.
Oct 5th 2017, 6:11 PM 9,522 32

THERE ARE CALLS for homes that are on sites like AirBnB to be registered with councils and revenue – or in some cases require change-of-use planning permission.

The Oireachtas Housing Committee is recommending that any short term letting of more than 90 days should require change-of-use planning permission.

While the committee recommends that those who rent out their primary residence for 90 days or less should be exempt from planning permission, it says they should be registered with local councils.

The system would require all short term letting platforms to register all hosts with the relevant local authority.

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin said, “The introduction of such a system would legally require the platform to provide information with the local authority on the letting type, availability and the amount of revenue generated.”

The Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government published its Report into the Impact of Short Term Lettings on Ireland’s Housing and Rental Market today.

It examined the issue of short term lettings in order to establish the impact of short term lettings on Ireland’s housing and rental market.

The report expressed concern that short-term lettings will take houses out of the rental market. Committee Chairperson, Maria Bailey said:

We are recommending that local authorities be provided with the resources to enable them to undertake a systemic inspection and enforcement regime of short term lettings.

“This report represents an important step in tackling the rapid growth of online platforms offering short term lettings. Whilst acknowledging that short term lettings fulfil a valuable role in meeting particular accommodation demand and can be an important source of income for people, the Committee found that the rapid growth of online platforms offering short term lettings continues to challenge Ireland’s existing regulatory framework.”

Ó Broin added, “This is designed to combat the practice of commercial landlords with multiple listings using short-term letting platforms to maximise profits, thus removing properties from the long-term rental market.

“These are only three of the Committees key recommendations. The report contains ten other recommendations including a review of planning and development laws and the commissioning of a study on the impact of short term lettings on Ireland’s housing and rental market.”

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