‘Airbnb’ prop­er­ties are un­der scru­tiny

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

COUN­CIL­LORS have ex­pressed con­cern that homes that are let out as so-called ‘airbnb’ prop­er­ties all year round are get­ting in the way of pro­vid­ing real homes for the thou­sands in need of hous­ing in Fingal.

Cllr Matthew Waine (Sol) raised the is­sue at May’s full meet­ing of Fingal County Coun­cil which has also come in for con­sid­er­able at­ten­tion in re­cent months at Dublin City Coun­cil.

Cllr Waine said there had been a ‘month on month in­crease in the num­ber of fam­i­lies con­tact­ing us who are homeless or at risk of be­com­ing homeless’.

He said that in that con­text, he was also see­ing an in­crease in rental prop­er­ties avail­able on airbnb in Fingal. She said that in Dublin 15 alone, he found 29 such prop­er­ties in a rental mar­ket that he said was al­ready ‘ex­tremely tight’.

Cllr Waine warned that the county was head­ing for ma­jor prob­lems if this trend con­tin­ued and urged the coun­cil to ‘ keep an eye on it’.

Cllr Paul Don­nelly (SF) agreed and asked if the coun­cil had brought en­force­ment ac­tion against any of th­ese prop­er­ties be­cause en­tire homes could not be full-time hol­i­day lets un­der plan­ning laws.

Plan­ning di­rec­tor at the coun­cil, Anne Marie Far­relly said that An Bord Pleanála had ruled that th­ese prop­er­ties rep­re­sented de­vel­op­ment but had dis­tin­guished be­tween short-term lets and all-year round lets.

She said the dif­fi­culty for the coun­cil in en­forc­ing the plan­ning laws in this area was dis­tin­guish­ing the two cat­e­gories.

The se­nior coun­cil of­fi­cial said that the De­part­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment had is­sues some ad­vice on the is­sue and was in the process of pre­par­ing fur­ther guid­ance which the lo­cal author­ity was wait­ing on to de­vise a way of tack­ling what ap­pears to be a grow­ing is­sue in Fingal.

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