Airbnb’s announcement yesterday that it is banning hosts in London from renting out entire homes for more than 90 days a year without official consent has been welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).
The move, which will become effective from spring 2017, follows concern that the accommodation website was exacerbating the housing crisis by allowing buy-to-let landlords to rent out homes long-term, thus reducing the volume of properties available in the private rented sector.
The main concern is that some property owners may be using Airbnb 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.
Research conducted by the RLA 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.
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.”