THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON SHORT-TERM RENTALS

Irish Self Catering Federation – EU – Press Release

Release date: 26/11/21

 

THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON SHORT-TERM RENTALS

 

The European Commission, the EU’s institution which has a power to initiate legislative acts at the EU level, has opened a public consultation on short-term rental initiative.

 

Many national/regional/local authorities across the EU have taken initiatives to regulate short-term rentals (STRs). They have imposed requirements such as: registration and authorization schemes, restrictions such as limitations on the number of nights per year short-term rental properties can be rented out and many more. Some national rules make a difference between so-called ‘peers’ offering STRs in a private capacity occasionally, and those offering STRs in a more professional capacity. Criteria and rules imposed on short-term rentals differ greatly from country to country and from city to city and this has resulted in a patchwork of varying rules and regulations across the EU.

Under EU law, imposing market access restrictions and conditions on the provision of a service can be justified if necessary to pursue a legitimate public interest objective and proportionate to achieve that end. In spite of important clarifications offered by EU case law, the measures authorities adopt and enforce on STRs do not always comply with the EU principles (all measures need to be justified, proportionate and non-discriminatory).

The European Commission (by carrying out this public consultation) is assessing if a dedicated STR sector-specific legislative initiative at the EU level may be needed in order to foster a balanced development of the STRs in the EU and address the patchwork of regulatory issues the STR sector faces.

The European Commission has initiated a process for analysing and collecting evidence, as well as a stakeholder consultation for identifying whether there are issues that would benefit from intervention by the EU. This consultation covers a series of topics related to the environment of STR and aims to consult all types of stakeholders about challenges in this sector as well as possible measures to address these challenges.

The European Commission seeks precise data and information about your particular experiences with STR regulations, perceptions and judgements and/or informed opinions about the potential impacts of policy (regulatory) options for further action. The Commission will analyse the data and preferences in evaluating the status quo, the scope and scale of problems for stakeholders, as well as preferences or different policy options.

The National irish self actering federation IS THE SOLE REPRESENTATIVE AND LOBBYING BODY FOR OWNERS OF SELF-CATERING PROPERTIES IN IRELAND RECOGNISED AS SUCH BY CONSULTATIVE BODIES, LOCAL & CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND EVERY LEADING TOURISM GROUP. OUR AIM IS TO PROMOTE AND DEFEND THE INTERESTS OF SELF-CATERING PROPERTY OWNERS GIVING VOICE TO ISSUES AFFECTING OUR SECTOR.

 For more information:

  • Chair of the Irish Self Catering Federation – Email: chair@iscf.ie   Phone: Maire Ni Mhurchu 087-3306306
  • If you wish to talk to an ISCF member in your area, please email the office –  Email: info@iscf.ie  Phone Office 086-1785654