Vacation home owned by Labor leader Alan Kelly is rented on Airbnb

A vacation home owned by Labor leader Alan Kelly is being rented out on the Airbnb short-term rental site.

The property is included in Tipperary TD’s Declaration of Financial Interests for 2020. However, it is not listed as a rental and it has not registered as an owner.

A spokesperson for Mr Kelly said it is “only very occasionally rented and does not meet the professional income tax filing limit.”

Politicians do not have to declare the vacation homes they occupy or occupy. However, if the house is used for business purposes, it must be registered.

If a TD generates more than € 2,600 in gross income from the rental of the property, he must also register as an owner.

In the case of co-ownership, it is up to TD to determine whether its share has exceeded € 2,600 during the 12-month period.

Some TDs report their vacation homes even though they are not used for commercial purposes, while others do not list them in the Member Interest Register.

Michael Creed of Fine Gael has a vacation home in Co Kerry, while Galway TD Ciaran Cannon has a home in France.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin owns two holiday homes in her hometown of Cork. He owns one jointly with four others after having inherited a fifth of the property.

Neither is included in his declaration of interests, as he is not required to declare them as they are used by his family.

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Haughey also owns a family holiday home in Dingle, County Kerry.

Mr Kelly owns the vacation home in Co Kerry with his wife and did not register as a landlord on the registry for 2020 as he said the rent collected did not meet the required threshold.

The house appears to have been advertised on the short-term rental website for the past three years, with guest reviews dating back to 2018.

The vacation home can only be booked for a minimum of five nights on the Airbnb website.

For two adults and two children, a stay from September 26 to October 1 costs € 1,056. This includes a service charge of € 156. Last year Mr Kelly sold a house in Walkinstown, County Dublin for € 285,000 and the only other property he owns is his house in Co Tipperary.

Some members of the Labor Party have sharply criticized Airbnb, particularly former Senator Kevin Humphreys, who has sought to introduce legislation to regulate short-term rentals.

Mr. Kelly has also already approved further regulation of short-term rentals by the relevant authorities.

“We’re all talking about Airbnb, but it’s not about that because people might call it something else the following week,” he told Dáil during a motion of no confidence against the former minister of Eoghan Murphy Housing in 2018.

“We will have to face the problem as it creates downward pressure and leads to a lack of capacity in urban areas, which will only worsen the crisis.

“The return for short-term rental owners is not going to change but increase.

“I seriously encourage further regulation in this city [Dublin] and others across the country to solve this problem to create greater capacity.

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