In a recent interview, Ireland’s new housing minister says his administration is preparing an economic stimulus plan which will seek to buy properties previously listed on Airbnb and other short-term letting websites, after many were put into the longer-term rental market or left empty during the pandemic.

He sees opportunities for the state to buy them at reasonable prices, so people can rent them on a secure basis from the state.

Other countries and cities are also taking action against problems associated with their own fast-rising short let sectors, including Hungary debating an initiative allowing local councils to cap the number of days for short lets, and Lisbon’s mayor pledging to “get rid of Airbnb” by turning over the properties to become affordable housing for long-term tenants.

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