Dublin City Council is forming a dedicated team to police potentially illegal Airbnb-style rentals in the city, and is seeking an estimated €400,000 from the Irish Department of Housing and Planning to do so.

The Minister for Housing has announced plans to tighten regulation around short-term lets in areas of high housing demand, so owners of buy-to-let properties will need planning permission to run short-term lets for more than three months annually. Owner-occupiers will probably not face the same restrictions on individual rooms, but entire homes can only be let for three months per year.

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