Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Ceisteanna (61, 81)

Mick Barry

Ceist:

61. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when the expert group report on a company (details supplied) will be finalised; his views on the way in which the company's lettings are proliferating at the expense of traditional lettings in city centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26808/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Jan O'Sullivan

Ceist:

81. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when new legislation or regulations to restrict short-term lettings will be introduced in order to prevent such use on a full-time basis of properties that would otherwise be available as homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26826/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 61 and 81 together.

Under Action 18 of the Strategy for the Rental Sector, my Department established a Working Group, involving representatives of all major public stakeholders with a policy interest in short-term lettings, to develop guidance in relation to planning applications, changes of use relating to short-term lettings and to examine the need for new regulatory arrangements.   

The proposals under consideration by the Working Group, which has met on six occasions to date, have been aimed at facilitating short-term letting of accommodation within permanent residences, known as home-sharing, while protecting existing stock of residential property in areas of high demand, safeguarding neighbourhood amenity and consumer protection, and generating revenue to address any negative externalities of short-term letting.

The Working Group completed guidance for local authorities on planning applications relating to short-term lettings and my Department issued a circular on the matter last October.  The circular is available on my Department's website at the following link: 

http://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/circular_pl10_aph3_2017.pdf .

The Group has since been focused on developing proposals for an appropriate comprehensive regulatory approach for short-term tourism-related lettings as well as identifying amendments to relevant legislation as may be necessary to give effect to such a regulatory regime.

The report of the Working Group has now been submitted to my Department and I will complete my consideration of it without delay.

Question No. 62 answered with Question No. 57.
Question No. 63 answered with Question No. 43.