The Irish Self-Catering Federation wants mandatory registration and licensing of all short-let accommodation.
Responding to the comments made by Richard Shakespeare, Head of Dublin City Council’s Planning Department, Peter Downey chairperson of the Irish Self Catering Federation (pictured), agrees with his opinion that enforcement of the new proposal for short term let properties will be onerous and logistically it will be very difficult to enforce.
“The Irish Self Catering Federation has written a position paper, which outlines what that they believe to be the most effective way of improving housing supply and protect tourism, through a mandatory registration and licencing system for short term lets. The licencing system outlined in ISFC’s position paper would drastically cut the cost of enforcement and ensure that properties which are made available to tourists are fit for purpose. “
“Estimating the cost of enforcing short term lets in Dublin at €400,000 reinforces the ISCF’s view that the proposed plans to restrict short-term lets in Dublin and nationwide are completely unsuitable for purpose and will have detrimental effect on tourism and the quality of Ireland’s tourism product. “
Mr Downey, continued “It is clear from Mr. Shakespeare’s comments that there is total lack of clarity on how any of the proposed new regulations will be put in place both in the rent pressure zones and in the rest of the country. We demand Dublin City Council provide evidence to support their claim that there could be in excess of 5,000 short term let properties in Dublin. Despite our request to date Dublin City Council have failed to produce any report which can substantiate this number. In the absence of this information and further clarity on how it is proposed to regulate our sector, we are again calling on the Minister for Tourism to support our request for the short term let proposals to be deferred until such time as this information is accurately confirmed.”