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Dublin Schemes Allowed to House Non-Students

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Permission has been granted to allow up to 1,600 student beds across Dublin to be used by tourists or workers.

Dublin City Council has allowed five blocks of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) to be used for holiday or general rental purposes, although Labour Senator Maire Sherlock said the decision would set a dangerous precedent for developers to built co-living via the back door.

According to the operators of the PBSA, demand from students was set to be extremely low for the next academic year and the rooms could provide attractive and affordable temporary accommodation in the city centre.

The five schemes are all run by Uninest, which indicated that student and non-student residents would be segregated within the development.

Whilst the council approved the application, it comes with a restriction that short-term lets would be limited to two months.

Ms Sherlock argued that using the facilities for short term leases could cripple other hoteliers, who are already dealing with a collapse in demand.