Airbnb restrictions welcomed by landlord association

Landlords have welcomed Airbnb’s decision to ban hosts in London from renting out entire homes for more than 90 days a year without official consent.

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) had previously been at the forefront of a campaign for change after expressing concerns that some owners may use the holiday lettings site as a way of bypassing regulations, safety and insurance provisions in the private rented sector.

A report published by the group earlier this year 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.

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

“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.”

Last month, Development Finance Today was told that Airbnb had only a minimal impact on the availability of London homes.

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