New reg­u­la­tions which affect short-term let­tings

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

I have a se­cond prop­erty, which I would like to rent out to vis­i­tors for short stays? Are there any pro­ce­dures I need to fol­low?

YES, there are new reg­u­la­tions for short-term let­tings that you may need to fol­low. These reg­u­la­tions came into ef­fect on July 1. They aim to bring prop­er­ties used for short-term tourist let­tings in Rent Pres­sure Zones (RPZs) back to the long-term rental mar­ket. The reg­u­la­tions cover peo­ple who let out prop­erty for short stays (less than 14 days) in RPZs, which are ar­eas where rents are high­est and ris­ing quickly. The Res­i­den­tial Ten­an­cies Board has a rent pres­sure zone cal­cu­la­tor where you can check if your prop­erty is in an RPZ to see if the reg­u­la­tions ap­ply to you.

If your prop­erty is in an RPZ and you want to let it out on a short-term ba­sis for the first time, you will need to get plan­ning permission so it can be used for tourism and short-term let­ting pur­poses. If you are al­ready rent­ing your prop­erty on a short-term ba­sis, you will need to ap­ply for re­ten­tion permission. You ap­ply for plan­ning permission to the lo­cal plan­ning au­thor­ity, who will de­cide on your ap­pli­ca­tion within eight weeks. How­ever, it should be noted that in ar­eas of high hous­ing de­mand, where there is high rent in­fla­tion, in­suf­fi­cient sup­ply and lots of ap­pli­ca­tions, it is un­likely that permission will be granted.

The reg­u­la­tions do not ap­ply if your prop­erty is out­side an RPZ. They also do not ap­ply if your prop­erty is a hol­i­day home, or is used for longer-term flex­i­ble let­tings, or is a nor­mal let­ting used for longer stays of more than 14 days.

The Depart­ment of Hous­ing, Plan­ning and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment web­site has an FAQ doc­u­ment about the reg­u­la­tions, which in­cludes fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from the Ci­ti­zens In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre be­low.

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