In February, I booked a nine night stay in Centre City, Dublin for late June (high season). At the end of March, the "host" (rental agent?) informed me that the building I had booked in was no longer allowing Airbnb rentals, and offered me a different property well out of the downtown neighborhood I wanted.
I found a different apartment closer to my preferred area. It was also rented by the same host, and cost more money, but I booked it will him because at that point Airbnb was saying that only 7% of it's Dublin Centre City rentals were still available for my dates. I asked point blank if this apartment would be safe from being pulled from rental and the man assured me that I was all set, there would be no problems with this building, and we moved on.
Still with me? Well, today (end of April) I got another notification from him to say that the second apartment I had booked had also been pulled from Airbnb. According to his communication:
"the owner of the apartment --- received a letter from dublin city council- somebody had complained within the block that people were doing Airbnb. under the new planning law now- if somebody complains and brings it to the attention of dublin city council, dublin city council are obliged to send a letter of enforcement which outlines that the use of the apartment for short term lettings is in breach of planning."
Now I have been "forced" to take the apartment a 20 minute walk from the area where I want to be. The only other listings (all 2 of them) available for my dates are either in the very heart of Temple Bar, where you will never sleep because of the noise, or over 800 euro a night.
So, travelers to Dublin, beware. I am in Dublin a total of about 3 weeks a year, but I am going to try to have to find alternative accommodation if Dublin City Council is going to close down the Airbnbs. Dublin is an expensive city to visit already and this is going to make it worse.