July 25, 2017

New proposals for Airbnb landlords set to be drawn up

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New guidelines are being drawn up in an attempt to regulate short term leasing of homes across the State on websites such as Airbnb .

An Oireachtas Housing Committee meeting heard on Wednesday that the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government is in ongoing discussions with the owners of Airbnb on putting together such protocols for landlords advertising on the lettings website.

Their plan is to draw up a new “memorandum of understanding” to facilitate home sharing on the website while preventing unwelcome and unauthorised rentals being advertised on the Airbnb website.

Earnán O’Cleirigh from the Department of Housing told the committee the rental sector recognised the potential issue of significant numbers of properties being withdrawn from the long-term rental market particularly in Dublin for use of short term tourist related accommodation and the negative impact this would have for the rental sector.

“Airbnb are the most well known and fastest growing operator but there are others operating similar […]

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