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To: Minister for Housing Darragh O' Brien
Stronger Regulations for Airbnb
I want stronger regulations for the Airbnb industry in Ireland. The 90 day let rule is not being enforced. I want every Airbnb in Ireland where the owner does not reside on the premises be registered as a business with Revenue. I also want the number of Airbnbs particularly in a Rent Pressure Zone to be significantly reduced. I want a cap on the amount of Airbnb's that can be owned by any one person.
Why is this important?
Airbnb is a a major factor on homelessness. As Airbnb is so unregulated many landlords are evicting tenants to turn their premises into nightly lets. This is causing the massive reduction of properties available in the private rental market. Therefore pushing up the cost of rents. The People of Ireland are living in hotels and B&Bs while the tourists are living in the houses. Until this sector is regulated and the rules enforced this will continue to happen. Covid 19 has highlighted this, we saw 1000s and 1000s of houses lying empty because travel restrictions. I am urging the Government to do someting about this once and for all.