Murphy says crisis highlights amount of short-term lets –

Airbnb properties currently being used for homeless services must not go back into the private market according to Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy.

The minister has said that Airbnb and other short-term letting agencies will have to be regulated directly to ensure this does not happen.

Mr Murphy was today visiting an aparthotel facility in the South City with 110 units that is being used to house cases or suspected cases of Covid-19 among the homeless community.

Dublin City Council recently announced that it and the Dublin Region Homeless Executive had secured 400 rooms in eight hotels and 165 self-contained apartments for use by the homeless services.

Mr Murphy said “what is abundantly clear in this crisis is the amount of short-term lettings that are now available for homeless services, the HSE and others and that we need to take the next step and regulate these online platforms, the next government has

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