Short-letting legislation in Dublin

April 28, 2021

The Residential and Tenancies Act 2019 and following regulations has affected the word of short term letting in Dublin since July 2019.

These regulations only affect properties in Rent Pressure Zones (RPZ), though this includes the whole area covered by Dublin City Council. You can find out more about where RPZ apply here.

Under the regulations:

  • "Short term letting" is defined as the letting of a house or apartment for any period less than 14 nights.
  • If you share your entire Principal Primary Residence (PPR) - in simple terms, your main home - while away, you can do so for up to 90 nights per year, but you must notify your local authority.
  • If you share your entire PPR for more than 90 nights per year, you must apply for ‘change of use planning permission’ from your local authority.
  • If you own a property which is not your PPR - a second home - and you use it for short-term letting, you must apply for ‘change of use planning permission’ from your local authority.
  • If you are not the legal owner of the property, you will need to attach the owner’s consent to use the property for short term letting.

If you’re hosting at your main home for more than 14 nights per year, you must inform your local authority. The notification form (Form 15) for Dublin Council here.

If you’re hosting at a second property, you cannot host stays of under 14 nights either, unless you change the planning permissions on your home.

As a result, Houst are bringing in standard minimum nights of 14 across all Dublin properties. If you have the relevant permissions to let for less than 14 nights per year please contact your Account Manager.

Serious breaches of the planning code can result in penalties from your local council.

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