Dublin City Council cracks down on Airbnb-style rentals

Dublin City Council is cracking down on the proliferation of Airbnb-style short-term rentals in the city, as it steps up enforcement activity on landlords targeting the tourism market without proper planning permission.

According to a spokeswoman for the council, around 100 apartment owners are being investigated for improper use in short-term rentals.

This follows some 75 complaints received about such use of properties in the city centre.

Of those under investigation, council sent more than 50 warning letters issued under Section 152 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, on the grounds that “development unauthorized” may have been or is in progress at the scene.

“There have been many successes as a result of our action to date where a significant number of cases handled have resulted in the cessation of unauthorized use or else the clarification that owners subject to complaints n ‘were not in fact breaking any planning laws,’ the spokeswoman said.

Prison sentence

Landlords need planning permission if they wish to change the use of a property from residence to short-term rental, and failure to do so may expose them to enforcement action by council . If found guilty of an offence, a summary conviction can result in fines of €5,000 and up to six months in jail, while a conviction on indictment is punishable a fine of up to 12.7 million euros and a prison sentence of up to two years. .

Last month the Department of Housing issued guidance on how councils can deal with the misuse of short-term rentals, but, according to the council, this has not resulted in any ‘real change’ to its section d ‘application.

“We were already investigating these issues and taking appropriate action where possible,” he said.

The move comes amid growing concern about the impact short-term rentals may have on the overall shortage of property in the long-term rental market. Earlier this month, we revealed how some Airbnb operators were earning up to ¤163,000 – per property – in annual rent from short-term rentals in Dublin city centre. Some 7,000 properties are now offered for short-term rental on the property platform, while many other operators also offer tourist accommodation across the city.

Recent applications

And it’s a market that continues to grow, with recent planning applications to Dublin City Council showing a marked increase in the number of those looking to provide short-term accommodation – and looking for the appropriate planning for the To do. Recent apps include:

– At the site of JJ Smyth’s Pub on Aungier Street, Kateo Investments plans to build 19 short-term accommodation rooms in a six-storey basement building, although the council has since requested that the building be reduced by ‘a floor.

– At the Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners Church in Rathmines, Carnivan Bay Hospitality, of which former Version1 chief executive Justin Keatinge is director, is seeking to convert the former rectory accommodation into eight serviced short-stay tourist suites. No decision has yet been made.

– At the Green Building in Temple Bar, Eustace Street Holdings is looking to convert the first floor from office use into four luxury en-suite bedrooms at short notice. No decision has yet been made.

– In Dartry, South Dublin, Trinity College Dublin has applied for permission to use three blocks of its student residence as temporary accommodation for tourists or visitors during the summer months. Permission was granted, despite objections from local residents that the area is residential and commercial development should not be permitted.

– On Tyrconnell Road in Inchicore, Canbe is looking to convert an existing office block into 21 short-term tourist accommodation units. The board requested additional information.

– At Maieston in Santry Cross, Bremore Partnership is looking to convert a vacant ground floor commercial unit into a three unit short term tourist accommodation suite. No decision has yet been made.

–At Henrietta Street, a change of use is sought, moving from multiple residential occupancy to short-term rental apartments.

– At 98-99 Francis Street, NCP Properties Ltd wanted to convert seven apartments into short-term use. Permission was refused, on the grounds that the residential units are “a scarce resource”, and this would result in the loss of seven apartments for residential use.

– At 12 Leinster Street South, Dublin 2, City Break Apartments have requested to convert a travel agency into short-term holiday rental studios. Permission has been granted.

Comments are closed.