Thursday 26 April 2018

Airbnb lets over 90 days may need permission

Plans to limit short-term lets of homes to 90 days a year will hit “professional” Airbnb landlords in the pocket. Stock picture
Plans to limit short-term lets of homes to 90 days a year will hit “professional” Airbnb landlords in the pocket. Stock picture
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Plans to limit short-term lets of homes to 90 days a year will hit "professional" Airbnb landlords in the pocket.

Homeowners will have to secure planning permission to rent their homes for more than 90 days a year under plans from Fianna Fáil to increase the rental stock available.

The Planning and Development (Amendment) (Short Term Lettings) Bill 2017 will also require homeowners to register with the Residential Tenancies Board, and inform it when the property is being rented.

There will be a €10 change to register, and if the property is rented for more than 90 days in a year, the owner will be told they have to seek planning permission.

The move comes amid concern about the number of homes being let on platforms including AirBnB for prolonged periods of time when rents are at record highs. Fianna Fáil said that in Dublin, a typical host on Airbnb earned €5,000 and hosted for 51 nights in 2016. It insisted that the 90-day limit would affect only "so-called professional Airbnb lets" and not "average users".

Bill sponsor and party housing spokesman Barry Cowen said the limits were in line with those proposed in other cities.

"There were 1,103 entire homes booked for more than 80 nights in all of Dublin during 2016. This number is getting higher," he said.

"The Oireachtas committee on Housing recently issued a report calling for greater regulation of short term lets after 90 days, similar to the limits imposed in London.

"We need to show more imagination and conviction in getting to grips with our housing crisis. Regulating short term lettings is a small but important step."

Irish Independent

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