STR Legislation in Ireland and EU 2024

Legislation in Ireland June 2024

 

The EU has brought in the Register for STR Bill at Eu level in March in the EU Parliament, and it passed its final stages on approval on 19/05/2024. Each country within the EU has to have a Register for STR within 24 months of this date. The aim of the Register at EU level is to gather clear data on the the numbers of Short Term Rental in each country and assess the economic value. This legislation already gathers data from the large 4 OTAs on the collaborative Economy Agreement.  This data will gather information on all STR beds in self-catering, glamping, boats, hotels, hostels, guesthouses, BnB, shepherds huts and any other place which is rented for money.

https///ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php?title=Tourism_statistics_-_annual_results_for_the_accommodation_sector#Continuous_growth_in_the_tourist_accommodation_sector/.png
Eurostat Data on nights Spent in Tourism Accommodation 2022

In EU Countries there are many different regulations governing Short term rental, from fire safety, to insurance, to length of stay to planning and a cap on number of units in some city centres. Ireland stopped keeping details of self-catering in 2008 when the booking system Gulliver was sold off and the booklet for properties was discontinued. There is a lot of work to be done in Ireland as a result, but the Irish Government’s view of self-catering units as housing units not privately owned economic units is causing serious issues. The RPZ legislation which was brought in to sort out the housing crisis in Dublin, has spread to 80% of the housings in the country.

What Each Party Needs to Do

1 EU Commission – Has passed law and will oversea national organisations implementation of the bill. Has to be implemented within 2 years of 19/05/2024.

2 National Authority – Each country in EU will appoint a national statutory agency to manage the data collection via a Single Data Entry Point (SDEP). The regulations in each country must be in accordance with EU Law, with simple API to forward data.  In Ireland Failte Ireland has been designated the national agency. They will provide registration numbers online, confirm host information, make sure details are correct and suspend non-compliant owners. The data will be forwarded to EU Commission each month. National Legislation will have to be in place to complete this process

3 Individual Owners – will register with Failte IReland, declare all information is correct and be provided with a Registration number, which is to be displayed on all advertising of Short-term rental properties.

4 Marketing Agencies – Local or National Marketing agencies will have make sure each owner has the correct Registration no before offering the property for short-term rental. Will have to have a space on all listings for the Registration number in place. Data will have to be sent to the national agency on occupancy each 3 months if have under 2500 units under management.

https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/products-eurostat-news/w/ddn-20230403-3
Nights spent in Self-cateirng accross the EU

5 Online Platforms – Will require registration number from each owner /host before offering a property for rent, conduct random checks and take down properties who do not meet national standard. Will share data on host activity each month with national authority.

 

 

Conclusion

Data from Eurostat in 2023 with data from  the 4 Collaborative Platforms shows 678.6m guest nights in short stay accommodation booked via these platforms. The monthly  figures an increase of 13.8 % compared with 2022. This is the third year in a row with a double-digit year-to-year increase, although the growth has slowed since the contraction suffered in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic has been overcome already in 2022.  There is an increased demand from customers for STR accommodation in self-catering units and this number is increasing each year, since Covid.

https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php?title=Tourism_statistics_-_annual_results_for_the_accommodation_sector#Continuous_growth_in_the_tourist_accommodation_sector/
Where do Guests come from in EU Self-Catering

The EU wants to collet data and if individual countries legislation  want to add extra conditions to the data gathering piece then national associations can complain to TRIS as the ISCF has already sucessfully done in Ireland. The ISCF has commisioned an Economic report on the value of Self-catering to Ireland, which updates the 2022 AirBNB Economic Report which showed an economic value of over €500 mil in 2022.  The CSO (Central Statistics Office)in  needs to have clear data on the Self-catering sector to show the Economic impact of the sector on tourism in Ireland, as no details in March 2024 Eurostat Data.

There needs to be clarity from the Dept of Housing to self-catering owners and Local Authorities for existing self-catering businesses which have been in business for years, allowing them to continue, and a derogation for listed properties would clearly allow this to take place. Clear Planning Guidelines* need to be in place so we do not lose self-catering, particularly in rural areas.  The ISCF views the register as a positive development in the industry and we need to be able to identify all STR so we can clearly value the economic benefit to areas of Ireland.

Any further questions contact info@iscf.ie or join the ISCF–  the only national organisation owned by and representing the self-catering owners in Ireland.