Airbnb has 18 times more properties available for short-term rentals than Ireland’s largest property site has long-term rentals.
As of Tuesday, 15,657 houses and apartments were listed on Airbnb in Ireland, according to data from Inside Airbnb, while only 856 properties were available to rent on Daft.ie.
In some areas, there are 50 times more Airbnbs available than rental properties, with just 35 properties for rent on Daft.ie in County Kerry, but nearly 2,000 Airbnb listings in the popular vacation spot.
In the capital, where the rental crisis is particularly acute, there are seven times more Airbnb accommodations available than rental accommodations.
Airbnb said many homes listed on Inside Airbnb are inactive, but there are still more than 6,000 that have either been booked in the past six months or are “frequently booked” – rented more than 60 days a year.
Daft.ie’s latest report showed that the number of properties available to rent across the country in early May was down 77% year-on-year, an “unprecedented” decline according to the author of the report. Ronan Lyons study.
Many attribute the disproportionate number of short-term rentals to a lack of regulation. Under current rules, landlords in areas of rental pressure who wish to rent their accommodation short-term for more than 90 days a year, or a second property for any length of time, must apply to their local authority for a change permit. of use.
Even if you are renting your property for less than 90 days, you still need to apply for an exemption, Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin pointed out on RTÉ’s Today With Claire Byrne program on Tuesday.
He was talking about his bill that would require estate agents and accommodation platforms to check if landlords have the correct documents before listing their properties on their websites.
It would also allow local authorities to impose one-off fines on those who advertise non-compliant properties.
Airbnb responded that it had “a long history of supporting calls for better regulation in Ireland” and promoted the existing rules to hosts to boost compliance.
The bill was presented to the Dáil in its first stage yesterday. Mr Ó Broin told the Mail: ‘I think there is a desire among the parties to do something about this.
Social Democrat housing spokesman Cian O’Callaghan said: ‘Local authorities lack the resources to enforce themselves.
“It’s an extremely complex process for them to try and investigate complaints individually, whereas if the blame was on the platform, there would be a simple requirement that you upload this planning compliance document. when you download the property details.”
The chief executive of housing charity Threshold, John-Mark McCafferty, argued that there is a “moral obligation on short-let platforms to ensure properties have the necessary planning permission before to be allowed to advertise on short rental platforms”.