Ban on use of Dublin buildings for Airbnb-style lets is overturned – The Irish Times

A decision to refuse permission to convert a Dublin city centre office building into Airbnb-style apartments has been overturned by An Bord Pleanála.

In the first decision of its kind, the board ruled that Dublin City Council should have granted permission for the buildings at 60 and 61 Middle Abbey Street to be used for short-term holiday letting.

Owners of properties in rent pressure zones have since July 1st had to get planning permission to use their apartment or house for short-term lets for more than three months a year. Homeowners who want to rent out a room or rent their entire home for less than three months do not need planning permission, but must register with their local authority.

The city council has since July refused several applications to use apartments, which could provide long-term rental homes, for short-term lets. Four of these refusals have to date been appealed

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