TD claims there’s confusion over whether Kerry will be included in new rules hitting self-catering industry

Photo: Kerry County Council

There’s widespread confusion within the self-catering industry in Kerry, as to whether or not homeowners who rent out their properties for more than 3 months, need to apply for planning permission from June 1st.

That’s according to Deputy Michael Healy-Rae, who says the Housing Minister has promised him Kerry won’t be affected by new regulations.

The Department of Housing, however, says the rules apply to the entire country.


Speaking to Radio Kerry earlier this week, Peter Downey from the Irish Self Catering Federation said anyone renting out a second property for self-catering or letting purposes, will have to apply to their local authority for planning permission.

This applies to houses where the owner does not normally reside, and the permission must be applied for, even if the house has been rented out previously.

He said this new measure, designed to take pressure off the rental market in heavily populated areas, will hit hard in a tourist county like Kerry.

Kerry County Council says it has yet to receive instructions about how the new rules are going to be enforced.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae, however, says he spoke to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy today, who gave him guarantees that Kerry would not be affected by the new measures:

 

The Kerry South TD says the Minister will be contacing Kerry County Council in the coming weeks to clarify how the new rules will be enforced.