Ireland's government has cleared the priority drafting of a registration scheme as part of the Short-Term Tourist Letting Bill and the publication of the General Scheme of the Bill. Government officials lauded the move as a major step toward implementing the Housing for All policy. The new register will guarantee that properties built for residential accommodation will be used for that purpose, and Fáilte Ireland (the National Tourism Development Authority) reckons that up to 12,000 properties could return to the long-term rental market. The bill authorizes the establishment of a new Short-Term Tourist Letting register for accommodation providers providing lodging for up to and including 21 nights, which must be registered with Fáilte Ireland. Online and offline platforms promoting properties for short-term letting must have a valid registration number provided by Fáilte Ireland, with authorized officers appointed to oversee compliance. "To minimize disruption to the tourism industry and to tourists, property owners operating within the sector that need to apply for change of use planning permission are allowed, for a time limited period of up to six months, to continue to offer their accommodation as tourist accommodation while their application is being considered," stated Minister Micheál Martin. "These new measures will bring our approach to regulation in line with major tourism destinations across Europe, including Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona."
Short Term Rentalz (12/09/22) Paul Stevens