Dublin pricier than Paris for Airbnb rooms

Dublin pricier than Paris for Airbnb rooms
Airbnb's offices in Dublin

Dublin is now more expensive than Paris to rent a room on Airbnb.

Dublin was 23rd for the most expensive cities in the world to rent a room for two, according to the Bloomberg World Airbnb Cost Index.

There are currently more than 2,000 homes in Dublin advertised on the site.

Chairman of Temple Bar Residents Association Frank McDonald said Airbnb needed to be carefully regulated, especially given Dublin's accommodation shortage.

"The real problem is where an apartment or house is being let 'for holiday use', but (actually) for most of the year," he said.

"In Berlin they aim to get back 12,000 residential units into the housing market as a result of the action they're taking there."

Berlin residents who blame the city’s rising rental prices on Airbnb’s growth have launched a #BoycottAirbnb campaign that includes billboards around the city. Other residents claim the money people can earn through Airbnb helps offset the costs of rising rents.

Frank McDonald added that actions were also being taken in Paris and San Franciso and other cities "where it's recognised this is a real problem".


More in this Section

The DUP’s three concerns with Boris Johnson’s Brexit dealThe DUP’s three concerns with Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

Man due in court following assault in CorkMan due in court following assault in Cork

Principals: Government cannot ignore schools funding and recruitment crisisPrincipals: Government cannot ignore schools funding and recruitment crisis

Justice department rejects almost a third of asylum seeker work applicationsJustice department rejects almost a third of asylum seeker work applications


Lifestyle

Concerns about people’s ability to access their own money have been growing – here’s what the debate is all about.Are we actually going to end up as a cashless society?

Esther N McCarthy mixes it up with spins on kitchen classics, Munster-based design news plus an absolute diamond of a poufMade in Munster: Wish list of the best products in the province

Clodagh Finn visits UCC’s world-leading microbiome centre, where researchers are exploring new ways to use intestinal bacteria to improve our mental and physical health, including the possibility of developing a probiotic capsule to help control weightMade in Munster: Harvesting power of gut bacteria

More From The Irish Examiner