Airbnb climb down on house lettings welcomed

The decision by the holiday lettings website, Airbnb, to ban hosts in London from renting out entire homes for more than 90 days a year without official consent has been welcomed by the country’s leading landlord association.

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has been leading the campaign for changes following research it published earlier this year that found that 61% of entire homes and apartments listed on Airbnb in London were advertised as being available for more than 90 days per year.

The RLA is concerned that some property owners may be using holiday letting sites as a way of providing long term accommodation without having to abide by all the regulations, safety and insurance provisions covering the private rented sector.

Planning permission is required for holiday lets in London for over 90 days in any given year to prevent property owners from getting round regulations governing the long-term renting of property to tenants.

RLA policy director, David Smith said: “Whilst we have no problem with websites like Airbnb, all we want is for the laws as they stand to be properly enforced.

“The decision by Airbnb to better police its website is welcome news which will provide greater protection for those using the site and will not allow property owners to try to do long term renting on the cheap.”

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