Majority of Dublin’s Airbnb style returns to the long-term market

Up to 70% of suspected illegal Airbnb-style vacation rentals in Dublin City have returned to the full-time rental market since the start of the pandemic, according to new figures from Dublin City Council.

About 900 properties in the city had been investigated by the council for alleged violations of laws governing the use of homes for tourists or other short-term rentals.

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

However, although landlords can apply for permission, council policy is to deny it in order to avoid the loss of permanent rental housing in the city.

Travel restrictions

Due to travel restrictions associated with the pandemic, the number of complaints filed with the council about short-term rentals had declined, council planner Jonathan Fallon said. This allowed the unit to focus on the 900 properties identified.

“We wrote to all of the owners and parties involved in these properties and asked them what their short, medium and long term intent was with regards to the use of the affected properties,” Mr. Fallon said. .

“We have received a huge response to these letters. A large number of them, 60-70% said they had returned to long-term use.

The owners of the properties were required to provide the board with rental agreements with their new residents, to confirm that they are operating as traditional owners.

Lawsuit

“The copies of the rental contracts that we have in [the owners] appear to be gone for a three or six month period overall to see where the market would go, but many of them have also moved to 12 month leases, ”Mr. Fallon said.

The council has filed a lawsuit relating to four properties, where the owners failed to comply with execution notices ordering them to cease operating short-term rentals. Homeowners face penalties of up to € 5,000 or six months’ imprisonment, or both, if found guilty.

Council housing manager Brendan Kenny said in July that the council had secured a number of old Airbnb homes for homeless families.

Mr Fallon said the unit was continuing to investigate the potentially illegal use of short-term rentals. “We continue to go through the different websites and pick random locations where we believe rentals can still take place in a number of downtown locations and we are also proactively pursuing these people.”

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