From 2017, Airbnb’s systems will automatically limit entire home listings in Greater London to 90 nights per calendar year, unless hosts confirm that they have the required permission to share their space more frequently.
A quarter of London homes listed on Airbnb were rented for more than 90 days last year with many of those breaching an act intended to stop landlords turning houses into unofficial hotels.
But from Spring 2017 it will ban hosts in London from renting out entire homes for more than 90 days a year without official consent.
In a letter to hosts Airbnb said: “We want to help ensure that home-sharing grows responsibly and sustainably, and makes London’s communities stronger. That is why we are introducing a change to our platform that will create new and automated limits to help ensure that entire home listings in London are not shared for more than 90 days a year, unless hosts confirm that they have permission to share their space more frequently.
“The new measures will begin from 2017. If you want to host more often, you will need to certify that you have permission to do so or apply for the relevant permissions from your local council.”