Airbnb appeal: Lucrative, exempt from rent controls and possibly tax free

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On a leafy street in Ranelagh in south Dublin, members of a residence for retired members of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts, a Catholic order, are renting out rooms in the period property via Airbnb. According to one resident, Fr Eamon Aylward, the income helps the four members who live there support themselves.

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