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Short-Term Let, Long-Term Pain

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Property owners can pull in hundreds of euro per night renting out homes as round-the-year accommodation on platforms like Airbnb and hotel booking sites, making similar amounts in a week to what they could otherwise expect to receive in a month or more from a long-term tenant.

The practice is happening despite current planning rules effectively outlawing the practice unless owners get council approval to operate a site as a short-term let.

Many residents have raised concerns about issues like antisocial behaviour or parking problems in their neighbourhoods as what were once family homes are converted into spaces for sometimes a dozen or more visitors at a time.

But councils routinely face year-long battles just to shut down a single illegal short-term rental, leading to questions over the viability of enforcing tougher restrictions on Airbnb and other listings under laws due to come into force later this year.

One local authority has already said it needs hundreds of thousand of euro more per year to set up a dedicated team to investigate cases of those suspected of breaching the rules - and to enforce its decisions.


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We want to find out more about the number of complaints being lodged about short-term lets in the parts of Ireland where housing pressures are the most acute for renters.

We’ll also dig into the ways property owners are skirting planning rules to continue operating lucrative short-term lets in the face of council threats, and investigate how well-equipped local authorities are to handle the incoming rules.

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Our special projects and investigations editor Peter Bodkin has used details obtained from freedom of information requests, council data and public records to delve into where existing issues surrounding short-term lets are most acute and the extent to which local authorities are already struggling to police incoming complaints.

From current case files, as well as talking to experts and those with hands-on experience in planning enforcement, we identified recurring themes that stymie council officials in shutting down unauthorised short-term lets, including problems with identifying property owners and the difficulty with proving that homes are being used as year-round tourist accommodation.

These issues mean, many argue, that local authorities like Dublin and Galway city councils, which are already dealing with the lion’s share of complaints, face an uphill battle to enforce new, stricter rules surrounding the short-term rental of private homes when the regulations come into play next month.

The government’s decision not to penalise platforms like Airbnb if their hosts don’t comply with the rules or to force listings websites to share data on users mean the onus is exclusively on councils to collect all the necessary proof to close an illegal letting, leading to concerns that many operators will simply flout the regulations in the belief there’s little chance they will be caught.

You can find the article via this link: http://www.noteworthy.ie/new-airbnb-rules-ireland-4671034-Jun2019/


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Dear Supporter,
Thank you so much for your contribution to this project, which is now fully funded.
Just a quick update for you on where we are so far with it:
- Our special projects and investigations editor Peter Bodkin is actively working on this story and we hope to be in a position to publish it in the coming weeks.
When the project is completed and published, we will make sure to let you know.
In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter (@noteworthy_ie) for updates on all our latest work.
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The Noteworthy Team
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