Only a fraction of Irish properties rented on Airbnb and other homesharing websites have been registered under the Government’s short-term letting legislation, which came into force on 1 July.
The aim is to ease the housing crisis to address a shortage of rental properties, especially across major cities such as Cork, Limerick, Dublin and Galway.
Landlords in these pressure zones must register with their local authority or apply for change-of-use planning permission, enabling them to rent out a room in their home, or their entire home, for 90 days or less. New permission must be sought for letting a second home or for longer than 90 days.
So far Dublin City Council has received 110 registrations which contrasts with the alleged 6,228 live listings on Airbnb last year, and only two have been lodged in Limerick.