Major upheaval predicted for Kerry property owners involved in self-catering

Kerry will be one of the counties most affected by changes to the rules governing short-term letting of houses, which come into effect on June 1st.

That’s according to Peter Downey of the Irish Self Catering Federation, which is holding a series of meetings around the country, to inform members of the changes.

From June 1st, anyone who owns a second property which they lease for more than three months in the year, must apply to their local authority for planning permission to continue doing so.

The proposal by the Housing Minister, Eoghan Murphy, is designed to address the housing crisis in heavily populated areas such as Dublin – but it will affect the whole country.

A spokesman for Kerry County Council told Radio Kerry that while they were aware of the proposals, they have so far received no information from the Department about how the new rules will be applied.

Peter Downey urged everyone in Kerry who has properties for short term letting, to attend the ISCF meetings in Listowel next Tuesday, and  in Killarney on Thursday March 14th.

He says the new rules are unfair on people who’re providing a vital service to the tourist industry: