Tuesday, 10 May 2022
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
300. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the proposed changes being mooted in relation to short term lets of self-catering properties; if these changes will include rural holiday areas or be confined to urban areas; the process of consultation that will be involved in any changes planned; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23478/22]
Action 20.4 of Housing for All, the Government's housing plan to 2030, commits to the development of "new regulatory controls requiring short-term and holiday lets to register with Fáilte Ireland with a view to ensuring that houses are used to best effect in areas of housing need”.
Funding was allocated in Budget 2022 to Fáilte Ireland which has been tasked with the design and implementation of a short term lettings registration system. The agency is currently recruiting staff to work on this project, with the project lead in place. My officials are also working in consultation with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage on scoping out the legislative provisions that will be required to underpin such a system with a view to bringing forward legislative provisions in this regard later in 2022.
A stakeholder engagement plan is currently being developed which will be rolled out when the details of the proposed legislation are further advanced.