Airbnb style short term rentals will be refused in Dublin

Full-time use of Dublin City houses and apartments for Airbnb-style rentals is set to be phased out, following a decision by Dublin City Council not to allow short-term rentals.

The policy move comes as a company that owns five luxury homes in the city center, previously approved for vacation rental, has been ordered to stop using the properties for short-term accommodation.

The homes in Grattan Court East, near Merrion Square, one of which was marketed as the Bobby Sands Suite, had been in use as vacation accommodation since their construction in 2017.

Since last July, owners of real estate in areas of rental pressure have to obtain a building permit to use their accommodation for short-term rental for more than three months a year.


However, while homeowners can apply for an authorization, the council said it does not intend to approve such requests and has not granted any authorization date.

The city council received 16 requests for short-term rentals. Of these, eight were refused planning permission, two applications were declared invalid, three were withdrawn by the applicant and three are still awaiting a decision by the council.

In a report to be presented to councilors next week, the council said its policy is to “deny building permits for any development which results in the loss of permanent residential units in designated rent pressure areas.”

The policy effectively means that no house or apartment, which could be used as a full-time rental home, will be granted a building permit for short-term rental.

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