Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2018: Second Stage
Rónán Mullen (Independent)
I want to respect the Minister's bona fides in this. The point I wanted to get to was in respect of the 90-day cap, where it would be provided that home sharing and limited short-term letting to an annual cap of 90 days in a person's principal place of residence would be allowed without the need for planning permission. In a situation where a person has property near to a university would be letting a room in his or her home for a period longer than 90 days, and is able to avail of the tax exemption for so doing, would it be an unintended consequence that they might be caught? I am happy to accept the Minister's response whenever he sees fit to give it.
On the provision for exemptions and the requirements as to modifications being made to homes for the purposes of gaining exemptions to the rent pressure zone areas, many of us have had correspondence from property owners who say that these restrictions are simply too restrictive. The Minister may have had correspondence himself from people suggesting that it might be better to look at the investment in the modification of the property as a percentage of the rent that they gain from that property. Is that something that the Minister could have been considered?