New laws effectively banning landlords from renting properties on a short-term basis in areas of high housing demand will be introduced from June 2019, it has been confirmed.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy unveiled plans for the new restrictions on Thursday and it is hoped that the move will help to solve Ireland’s crippling housing crisis. Many people across the country are struggling to find suitable rented accommodation at a reasonable price. The growing number of houses being used as Airbnb properties has been cited as a major factor in the ongoing issue.

Currently, popular Irish property site has just 12 properties in the Killarney area available for rent. Meanwhile, there are over 300 Killarney properties listed on Airbnb. Many landlords currently favour short-term lettings as they are proving to be far more profitable than long-term lettings.

As previously reported in the Killarney Advertiser, the lack of appropriate rental opportunities in Killarney is having a significant effect on both residents and businesses alike. Many companies are struggling to attract staff to the town as prospective employees are simply unable to find accommodation.

The new laws will stipulate that only the principal residence or family home can be rented on a short-term basis. Where a home or apartment is a person’s principal private residence, they will be permitted to rent out a room, or rooms, within their home for short-term letting without restriction (e.g. B&B-type use).

However, they will only be allowed to sub-let their entire house without planning permission on the short-term market for an altogether period of 90 days or less annually, and they can only rent out their homes for 14 days or less at a time.

Outside of the family home, only properties with permission to operate as a tourist or short-term let could be used for this purpose.

“Planning permission for a change of use to short-term let can be sought and it will be up to each local planning authority to grant permissions, based on guidance that will issue from the Department of Housing,” Mr Murphy said.

“In areas of high housing demand and, taking into account other relevant factors such as cumulative impacts, it is unlikely that permission would be granted.”

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