Fianna Fáil has this week introduced new legislation in the Dáil to regulate Air BnB and other sort term letting platforms.
The Bill was introduced by Deputies Barry Cowen and Pat Casey and sets a 90 night limit on short term lettings without planning permission.
The Bill also requires information sharing with Local Authorities on the use of apartments and funding for its administration.
In Dublin, a typical host on Airbnb earned €5,000 and hosted for 51 nights in 2016.The proposed 90 nights limit will only affect so called professional Air BnB lets, not average users.
Deputy Cowen stated, “There were 1103 entire homes booked for more than 80 nights in all of Dublin during 2016. This number is getting higher. Our Bill will ensure that these types of homes either receive full planning permission or are brought back into the rental market.
“The Joint Oireachtas committee on Housing, Planning & Local Government recently issued a report calling for greater regulation of short term lets after 90 days, similar to the limits imposed in London and our legislation reflects that limit.
“We need to show more imagination and conviction in getting to grips with our housing crisis. Regulating short term lettings like Air BnB is a small but important step in the right direction. Many other cities such as Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, London and San Francisco have initiated regulations on Air BnB and given the scale of our rental crisis we clearly need to take action.
Deputy Pat Casey stated, “There are currently more short term rental properties available in the Dublin 1 area than there are traditional rental units. At least 30 former rented units have been lost in the past 18 months as a result of a change of use for the purposes of short term lets.
“We need proper regulation that enables ordinary home owners to let out their apartment on occasion but prevents the loss of units from the rental market into full time short term lets. This affects both the general rental market where homes are scarce and also the communities where short term letting platforms are inappropriately located causing disturbance to locals in residential areas.”