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Enforcement of new STR rental rules will cost €400,000, says Dublin City council

Created: November 23, 2018
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry

Enforcement of new regulations on short-term rental, announced last month, will cost Dublin City Council around €400,000, according to an initial assessment. A report to councillors from Assistant Chief Executive Richard Shakespeare said enforcement would be “resource intensive”.

“The enforcement of short-term lettings regulations is logistically very difficult. There are problems establishing ownership, gaining access to apartments or houses and most importantly a requirement to prove illegal occupation. “Hearsay evidence regarding proof of use will also be a problem as the short-term guests in site at the time of inspections will be gone and will not be in a position to give evidence on our behalf.” Mr Shakespeare said it is estimated that there were more than 5,000 separate properties listed on short-term platforms last year and enforcement officers will have to operate in pairs because of the level of proof required. He said the production of internet listings of properties will not be enough for a prosecution in court and that the local authority will have to provide first-hand evidence in each case.

The Department of Housing has promised to fund the extra resources needed and Mr Shakespeare said his initial estimate is that it would cost €400,000.

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