Woman is being prosecuted for 'running an Airbnb without a certificate' in Bangor

Woman is being prosecuted for 'running an Airbnb without a certificate' in Bangor

A WOMAN is being prosecuted by Tourism NI for 'offering to provide tourist accommodation' at Mount Pleasant in Bangor without a certificate.

Gillian Boyd, of 'unknown age', with an address listed as Mount Pleasant, is charged in relation to September 30 last year.

There is also a second similar charge under the Tourism Order.

A legal representative for Tourism NI told the Departmental Magistrates Court in Newtownards the charges relate to "essentially running an Airbnb without a certificate and holding out that the property could have been rented out on Airbnb".

On September 30 last year he said it came to the attention of Tourism NI that the property was listed on the internet, including Airbnb.

He said Ms Boyd was written to several times but failed to fill out the "appropriate certification form" which he said was a "relatively easy process".

The lawyer said Ms Boyd did "engage briefly," saying she had difficulty accessing the forms online, however, he added, she had been able to "list" the property.

District Judge Mark Hamill said a letter in papers connected with the case showed fees, including legal costs associated with the matter, of  "£2,289".

The judge adjourned the case to December 17.