Sunday 26 February 2017

Beginning of the road from Airbnb right back to B&B

Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

'The Airbnb impact in Ireland, where tourism is strong, was always going to be greater than in other countries and thousands have become involved in letting spaces' GETTY
'The Airbnb impact in Ireland, where tourism is strong, was always going to be greater than in other countries and thousands have become involved in letting spaces' GETTY

A B&B or not a B&B? That was the question - first for Dublin City Council and latterly for an Bord Pleanála.

The council and now the appeals board have both conferred commercial status of sorts for planning on a privately owned Temple Bar apartment which has been operating successfully as a short-let under the online global Airbnb umbrella.

So is a private home in Airbnb use a home or a commercial business? Before yesterday the answer was: "It's a private residence being used for short lets of course!"

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