Thursday, 23 July 2020

Questions (17)

Alan Farrell

Question:

17. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the measures being taken to address rentals by a company (details supplied); the regulations being considered by him; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17661/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Planning and Development Act 2000 (Exempted Development) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 introduced legislative changes last year in relation to the regulation of short-term letting sector through the planning code to help address its impact on the supply of private rented accommodation, particularly in urban centres of high housing demand i.e. rent pressure zones (RPZs). The planning system facilitates the regulation of such short-term letting uses undertaken by the individual carrying out the activity, i.e. the owner/occupier of the house or apartment, rather than the online platforms advertising such properties.

Under Budget 2020, €2.5m was made available to support planning authorities in the implementation and enforcement of the short-term letting legislation. My Department has been in contact with each of the relevant local authorities in which RPZs are located throughout the year, and has requested regular updates on the enforcement and implementation of the Short Term Letting (STL) Regulations. Notwithstanding the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the workforce and workload of local authorities over recent months, as well as on the short-term letting market itself, this enforcement and implementation has continued to the extent possible.

The Programme for Government - Our Shared Future includes the specific action to strengthen the regulatory and enforcement mechanisms with regard to short-term lettings, and the approach in this regard will be considered over the coming months.