Funding needed for scheme designed to  promote long-term leasing over short-term letting

Funding needed for scheme designed to  promote long-term leasing over short-term letting
Pic; Larry Cummins

NO PLANNING applications have been made in Cork city under a new scheme to encourage landlords to switch from short-term letting to long-term leasing.

The scheme means planning permission is necessary for landlords who want to let properties in Rent Pressure Zone areas in the short term lettings market for periods of more than 90 days per annum. The rules were introduced with the hope landlords would switch to long term letting in an attempt to combat the housing crisis.

However, Solidarity TD Mick Barry says the Government failed to provide local authorities with extra resources to implement and police the scheme.

Deputy Barry has now called for more money to be provided to Cork City Council and Cork County Council to hire inspectors to ensure that landlords comply with the new rules on short-term lettings.

Nineteen local authorities have applied for 60 staff at a cost of €8 million to now change this situation. Cork City Council has asked for €346,100 and Cork County Council has asked for €320,372.

“Go to any town in Ireland and more often than not you’ll find more AirBnB lettings than you will find long term leases for working people," Deputy Barry said

“The new legislation is aimed at changing that but it has been rendered ineffective by the failure of the Housing Minister to giv e local authorities the resources to make it work.

“I welcome the fact that the local authorities have banded together to ask for the resources. They must be given them now without delay.”

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