‘No Mention Of Sanctions Or Fines’


Sinn Féin TD Eoin O’Broin in the Dáil this afternoon

This afternoon.

In the Dáil.

Sinn Féin TD Eoin O’Broin welcomed the publication, by the Housing Minister Eoghan Minister today, of his new regulations in respect of short-term lettings.

However, he also said:

“While we need a little bit more detail in terms of the detail, the definition of short-term letting and the requirement for planning permission are eminently sensible and I want to put that on the record.

“I have to say, however, I am concerned with the proposal for an eight-month lead-in. The rental sector is in such crisis, I don’t think we can wait eight months for these regulations to be put on a statutory footing.

“And I’m also concerned that there’s no mention of sanctions or fines for online platforms or letting agents who advertise properties that wouldn’t have the appropriate statutory regulation.

“So while we want to work with the Government to expedite this legislation as quickly as possible, I’d like some assurances the Government is willing to work with us on the lead-in time and then, sanctions, particularly for the platforms themselves.”

Related: Eight-month lead in for Airbnb regulations ‘unwarranted & unnecessary’ – Ó Broin (Sinn Fein)

Previously: Dublin Rental Investigator on Broadsheet

21 thoughts on “‘No Mention Of Sanctions Or Fines’

    1. Boba Fettucine

      It’s a chore jacket – very on trend right now. As you’d expect from someone who only draws average industrial wage and yet dresses almost exclusively in expensive brands like All Saints. The system won’t smash itself etc etc.

      Ps – he mainly reminds me of Student Grant https://goo.gl/images/2zu8hP

    1. Cian


      If someone has a property on AirBnB it may be booked out months in advance.

      If this law was to come in from today would the government be liable for losses?

      1. Brother Barnabas

        those people already knew they were in breach of planning regulations – and have known that for sure since late 2016

  1. newsjustin

    Nothing says socialist man of the people more than wearing a blue French workers jacket around the place. Literally a pastiche of a working class person.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Pity he didn’t preface it by saying “I shall say zees only wernce” just to add to the mix.

  2. A Person

    Yet another fudge. You already need planing permission for short term letting as deemed by An Bord Pleanala and the courts on numerous occasions. Besides it only effects a small amount of properties in the country, most of which are in city centres and cannot be afforded by all but a few. How many families are going to live in Temple Bar? No doubt the lefties and tin hats will turn this into another scandal.

    The reason why Dublin in particular is facing a housing crisis is that DCC Councillors adopted a policy over the last 20 years of no building above 7 storeys. That coupled with the fact that we can’t build on green space in Clontarf, which was objected to by the local SF councillor.

    1. Rob

      A friend in a fancy pants place in GCD, tell me half of the apartments on his floor are Airbnbs. While they are certainly at the pricier end of the market, it should quickly free up places, which takes away a few competitors from the more affordable places to live.

  3. Rob

    “On Wednesday 10th October, [redacted 1] and [redacted 2] met with Darragh O’Brien TD in Leinster House. Darragh represents Dublin Fingal in the Dail and is the Fianna Fail spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government. During the meeting, we laid out what homesharing is We told him our stories, the reasons why we host, what impact it has on their lives and also the types of guests that we host. For instance, [Redacted 2] has families stay with him who are visiting the nearby Children’s Hospital. We also spoke about the value homesharing brings to our local communities through tourism activity and supporting local independent businesses.

    Then, we went on to share our concerns around pending rules for Short Terms Rentals and expressed our hope that this would not affect us as homesharers. Especially as it is an economic lifeline for so many members of the DHSC. Darragh O’Brien told us that he would guarantee that there would be no “negative impacts” for hosts who are homesharing in any upcoming regulatory changes.

    We asked him was there any timescale on the rules coming out- he said he knew a Bill was being drafted but that it is becoming very hard to get Bills drafted in Leinster House due to a shortage of drafting staff. He then sent a text to the Minister for Housing during the meeting to ask him for a time scale- and received a reply also during the meeting, which apparently said “no timescale” . He text back to seek further clarity on that but there was no response during the meeting time.

    Darragh O’Brien encouraged the Dublin Homesharing Club (DHSC) to continue to engage with him, especially by making a submission once a Bill is published, he told them he would keep them in the loop and that they should come to him if any questions. He believes that it would be at least 6 months before there is any legislative process completed or enacted.

    Overall, it was a very positive meeting. We were encouraged by Deputy O’Brien’s support for homesharers and it demonstrated to us the value of engaging with our political representatives.” – Redacted 1, 15.10.2018

  4. BS

    Why is there a hipster in the dail? Did he take out his typewriter to take notes and have a listen to a 45 on his portable turntable?

  5. MarkMcG

    a good answer for Murphy to reply with would be “because a lot of em are booked out until a good few months away” but the fact that he didn’t respond with that worries me. Because it must mean there’s another reason, maybe to give people ample time to figure out all the loopholes he’s leaving in place. I agree with the SF lad about the lack of mentioning punishments for breaching the new rules. It just means people will ignore it.

    1. Cian

      There are no punishments for airbnb if a landlord advertises a home that doesn’t have planning permission.

      It will be criminal offence for the landlord.

  6. Mike

    That’s it Mark, you’ve figured it out. It’s obviously to give landlords time to figure out how to game the rules, but also to give himself more time to grow out his moustache. It isn’t sufficiently twirly at the moment.

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