No reason to delay AirBnB short-term let regulations

25 October 2018

Senator Kevin Humphreys has welcomed the announcement of the long-promised restrictions on short term lets but has called on Eoghan Murphy to bring these restrictions in before June 2019.

Commenting today Senator Humphreys said:

“We shouldn’t have to wait another 8 months when stricter laws could deliver an extra 3,000 homes now.

“After two long years of continual pressure and campaigning from members of the Oireachtas like myself, I am glad that Minister Murphy has announced new restrictions on short lets. However, the delay of the implementation is worrying.

“We have just received new homeless figures yesterday which show 171 more without a home since last month, that’s nearly 6 people every day, 3829 of them are children.

“How many more people will be driven out of their rented accommodation between now and next June due to short-term lets?

“I welcome this announcement but we are in the middle of the housing crisis, unlike anything we have seen in decades. I think the Minister should expedite this legislation. I doubt he will find much opposition from anyone in the Dáil for the delivery of rental market regulation. Unless he is simply worried he needs the seven months to get his own party members onside.”

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