Short-term Lettings (New Regulation)

New Regulation of Short-Term Letting

As part of the measures to help address pressures in the private housing rental market, new planning legislative reforms to regulate the short term letting sector came into effect on 1 July 2019.

The reforms, which are now underpinned in legislation (as provided for in the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019 and supplementary regulations made by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government entitled the Planning and Development Act 2000 (Exempted Development) (No. 2) Regulations 2019) are primarily aimed at bringing back houses and apartments in designated “rent pressure zones”, which are currently being used for short term letting purposes, to the traditional long-term rental market, in order to ease accommodation shortage pressures in these areas.

The new provisions will only apply in areas designated as 'rent pressure zones' under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, as amended. The whole of County Louth is deemed a rent pressure zone with the exception of the Clogher Local Electoral Area (Clogherhead).  Short term letting in areas outside the designated rent pressure zones are not impacted by the new arrangements.

Under the new arrangements applicable in rent pressure zones:

  • Short term letting is defined as the letting of a house or apartment, or part of a house or apartment, for any period not exceeding 14 days.
  • Home sharing (the letting of a room or rooms in a person’s principal private residence) will continue to be permissible on an unrestricted basis and be exempted from the new planning requirements.
  • Home sharers will be allowed to sub-let their entire principle private residence (house or apartment) on a short term basis for a cumulative period of 90 days where they are temporarily absent from their home.
  • Where the 90 day threshold is exceeded, change of use planning permission will be required.

If you wish to home share or sub let your principal private residence in a rent pressure zone and avail of the new planning exemptions, you will need to register with the Louth County Council.  The registration process entails the submission of specific forms. (Entitled Forms 15-17).

However, if you own a property in a rent pressure zone which is not your principal private residence and intend to let it for short-term letting purposes, you will be required to apply for a change of use planning permission unless the property already has a specific planning permission to be used for tourism or short-term letting purposes.

The associated “Frequently Asked Questions” document has been prepared to assist in providing a more comprehensive and detailed understanding of the new short term letting reforms and the new reporting obligations on home sharers.

The associated “Frequently Asked Questions” document has been prepared to assist in providing a more comprehensive and detailed understanding of the new short term letting reforms and the new reporting obligations on homesharers.

Short-term Lettings.pdf 

Queries:

Any queries relating to Home Sharing or Short Term Letting should be directed by email to: planningenforcement@louthcoco.ie 

Completed Notification Forms:

Completed registration/notification forms can be returned by email to planningenforcement@louthcoco.ie or by post to:

Planning Enforcement Section, Louth County Council, Town Hall,  Crowe Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth A91 W20C

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