Short-term lets legislation crucial to stymying housing crisis

Ivana Bacik TD
29 March 2024

Labour leader and housing spokesperson Ivana Bacik has called for the rapid introduction of legislation to curb short-term letting, including platforms like AirBnB.

Deputy Bacik said:

“Last night’s Prime Time once again highlighted the impact short term lets are having on the housing market. In Kilkee, Co.Clare, where I spent many years living as a child, locals continue to report the enormous challenge they face trying to find a place for long-term rental.

“At a time when the market is marked by a lack of housing supply, we should be doing everything we can to ensure those who want to rent long term are prioritised.

“Change can’t wait when it comes to addressing the housing shortage. Government must act on regulating AirBnB style lettings now, rather than waiting any longer for the European Commission.

“The government itself believes up to 12,000 homes could be freed up and returned to long term use. We saw during the pandemic the return of many short term lets for use as longer term accommodation, but as every report shows, there is now a trend towards evicting tenants, and turning properties in short term lets.

“With over 14,000 people in homelessness, we still have too many families in hotels, and too many tourists in homes. We need to see action immediately.”

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