Is this the end of short lets in Dublin city?
I use AirBnB when I travel, I find it’s a way to obtain a decent place to stay at a reasonable price. Tourism in Dublin is on the up and dramatically so. Hotels are raising their prices at the same rate. Surely, providing quality affordable short term lets is a way to maintain current tourism and secure it’s future?
I just don’t buy the ‘airbnb is in some way responsible for the housing crisis’ theory. The government is responsible for that, nothing has been built in years and it’s just too easy to lay blame on short lets, I feel. Most short let apartments are not suitable for families anyway.
I also find it ironic that Temple Bar residents, of all places, with it’s loud late night bars are the ones that have objected to tourists staying in the area! Without them, the area dies, as I know very little Dubliners who actively frequent the restaurants and bars in the area.
It will be a real blow to our economy if we lose reasonably priced city centre lodgings available to tourists. Dublin is expensive as it is. I have travelled to Amsterdam, New york, and London and stayed centrally in Airbnb apartments. I do not think I would have been able to afford such trips if I was forced to stay in hotels. In Dublin, city centre hotels are over subscribed, that’s a fact! Tourists mainly want to stay locally, it makes sense that they have affordable options.
The EU have recently supported a ‘sharing economy’ reuters.com/article/us-eu-se … SKCN0YO12I
What’s more, only last March South Dublin County council said that whether a residential property was occupied on a rental basis or by the owner was not a matter for it. “Essentially the use is for residential purposes and only if, for example, residential use is changed to commercial use, as in a shop or other commercial activity, is planning permission required.” Dublin City Council said there was nothing under the Planning Act that precluded the use of a residence for short-term purposes. irishtimes.com/news/social-a … -1.2584950
Personally, I think that as long as landlords are compliant, paying their taxes and ensuring they abide by guidelines set out by short let forums, like Airbnb, they should be allowed to do as they wish with their property.