Airbnb and other short-term rental websites can be fined up to €5,000 if the properties are not registered

Airbnb and other short-term rental sites like Booking.com are fined up to €5,000 for not removing ads from non-officially registered properties.

And lords who fail to register their properties on the new register, as well as platforms on which they are advertised, could also be fined up to €5,000 if their case is taken to district court.

Fáilte Ireland will have the power to impose fixed fines of €300 on landlords who do not have a valid registration number in their adverts.

Cabinet ministers this morning signed plans for a new registry in hopes of cracking down on property owners who rent homes on Airbnb for longer than they should.

Tourism Minister Catherine Martin said she hoped this would bring 12,000 properties to the long-term rental market.

Although the register was due to be ready by the end of the year, it has now been pushed back to the end of March.

Landlords have six months to add their properties to the new register, operated by Fáilte Ireland.

They then have to put their registration number on all properties they advertise online on sites like Airbnb.

A total of 11 counties failed to take action against property owners who rent homes to holidaymakers on popular short-term rental websites over the past year, the Irish Independent previously reported.

Paul Kelly, chief of Fáilte Ireland, said local governments are struggling to curb short-term lettings as Eircodes are not collected on properties until at least one night’s stay has been booked and payment has been made.

This has resulted in communities struggling to identify properties, especially apartments, so that warning letters can be issued or investigations can be initiated.

“The list will be publicly available, available to local authorities, they can now check the Eircode of each and every property advertised,” Kelly said.

“You’ll be able to see whether or not that has the appropriate planning permission. This was incredibly difficult for the local authorities because they couldn’t access those Eircodes.”

A total of 10 additional staff have been deployed at Fáilte Ireland to oversee the register.

Mr Kelly said the register will not be 100 per cent perfect when asked if the social media site will also be fined for advertising unregistered properties.

“We’ll find most of the land,” he said.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/airbnb-and-other-short-term-letting-websites-to-be-fined-up-to-5000-if-properties-arent-logged-on-register-42202546.html Airbnb and other short-term rental websites can be fined up to €5,000 if the properties are not registered

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