Airbnb etc, ILLEGAL in N Ireland, not in rest of UK!

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Once again, N Ireland is the odd man out, after seeing an article on BBC news, after a 1992 diktak stating you must meet certain standards and be registered to provide ANY accommodation to guests, anyone doing so in N Ireland via the above or similar sites are breaking the law.

"It is illegal to offer tourist accommodation in Northern Ireland without a certificate from Tourism NI."

http://www.nitb.com/businesssupport/touristaccommodationstartupadvice.aspx#StartUpPacks

http://www.nitb.com/Portals/2/downloads/Basic%20Guide%20Guest%20Accom%20-%20Feb%202015.pdf


Once again, N Ireland is seen to be less welcoming and out of step with needs of the modern day traveller or visitor.
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  • saverbuyersaverbuyer Forumite
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    It's the same in London.


    Technically illegal, though there are plans in place to change it.


    Definitely not the global odd one out either.


    http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/jul/08/airbnb-legal-troubles-what-are-the-issues
  • ballyblackballyblack Forumite
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    its very popular in Southern Ireland

    There are tax implications

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/0811/720469-airbnb-revenue/
  • saverbuyersaverbuyer Forumite
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    It's a bit like Uber, it takes a while for legislation to catch up with technology.
  • saverbuyer wrote: »
    It's a bit like Uber, it takes a while for legislation to catch up with technology.

    Here it takes legislation ages to catch up with ANYTHING... Look at "Gay" Marriage, Our gambling legislation (ever wonder why a lot of competitions are "not available in Northern Ireland"), Abortion guidelines,.... you name it...... NO-One will take hard decisions for fear of upsetting their community/core voters
  • Also..... as the lady interviewed states... they are NOT a B&B... they are not providing anything other than a room to sleep in..... No Food or the likes......
    A LOT of these types of accommodation are used by the low paid workers like theatre workers and contract workers who are not paid a lot and can't afford to stay in Hotels.... I know a lady does this and only charges about £15/night for the room... Nothing else (Apart from use of the bathroom facilities obviously)... just the room. she's always "booked out" and gets a lot of repeat business because as I say a lot of these people can't really afford to stay in hotels or B&B's and are never in anyway as they are always working...... They serve their purpose and the majority of people know exactly what they are paying for...
  • qwert_yuiopqwert_yuiop Forumite
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    Also..... as the lady interviewed states... they are NOT a B&B... they are not providing anything other than a room to sleep in..... No Food or the likes......
    A LOT of these types of accommodation are used by the low paid workers like theatre workers and contract workers who are not paid a lot and can't afford to stay in Hotels.... I know a lady does this and only charges about £15/night for the room... Nothing else (Apart from use of the bathroom facilities obviously)... just the room. she's always "booked out" and gets a lot of repeat business because as I say a lot of these people can't really afford to stay in hotels or B&B's and are never in anyway as they are always working...... They serve their purpose and the majority of people know exactly what they are paying for...
    Does she declare the profits of her wee business to the inland revenue?
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  • qwert_yuiopqwert_yuiop Forumite
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    Our gambling legislation (ever wonder why a lot of competitions are "not available in Northern Ireland")

    Can you imagine the sort of people who would welcome a casino in Northern Ireland? Money laundering mayhem.
    “What means that trump?” Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare
  • Does she declare the profits of her wee business to the inland revenue?

    Only needs to if she earns over £4250 doing it.
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    saverbuyer wrote: »
    Only needs to if she earns over £4250 doing it.

    Fab. An effective £6000 - 7000 gross pay rise (depending on your other income). Count us in.
    “What means that trump?” Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare
  • Fab. An effective £6000 - 7000 gross pay rise (depending on your other income). Count us in.



    Goes up to £7500 next year. So £10k gross.


    Get registered. Break the law. Go on, you know you want to.
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