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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

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Eoghan Murphy


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Eoghan Murphy Jan 16th, 2019

The reforms aim to bring homes, once available on the traditional rental market, back into typical long-term renting, to regulate for the first time STLs, and to allow homesharing to continue as it was originally meant to be – a homeowner hosting people in their own home for short periods of time.

Essentially, the reforms introduce a “one host, one home” model in areas where there is high housing demand. Homesharing will continue to be permissible where it is a person’s primary residence, and people will have to now register with their local authority as such. An annual cap of 90 days will apply for the renting out, on a short-term basis – i.e. for 14 days or less at a time, of a person’s entire home where it is their primary residence.

Where a person owns a second property and intends to let it as a STL, they will no longer be allowed to do so unless the property is already permitted to be used for tourism/short-term letting purposes. Planning permission for a change of use to STL can be sought and it will be up to each local Planning Authority to grant permissions, based on guidance that will issue from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. In areas of high housing demand and, taking into account other relevant factors such as cumulative impacts, it is unlikely that permission would be granted.

Eoghan Murphy Jan 16th, 2019

This is an unregulated activity, it is not home sharing as it is typically understood, and in a time of housing shortage it is unacceptable that rental homes would be withdrawn from the letting market, particularly in our cities and large towns where rents are high and supply is still constrained.


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