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Airbnb disowns landlords who evict long-term tenants for short-let gains

Airbnb, so often criticised for operating in the largely-unregulated short lets market, has called on the UK government to scrap Section 21 evictions.

It claims the outlawing of this kind of long-term rental eviction, often done to allow properties to be switched to short lets, would help Airbnb itself police the sector.

Spokeswoman Amanda Cupples says Airbnb removes landlords from its platform if tenants have been unlawfully evicted, but has been powerless to stop that in the UK because of Section 21.

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"At the moment there are very few illegal evictions that we can take action against because they are done legally using Section 21.”

Cupples also calls for the creation of a UK-wide short lets landlord register plus the introduction of local tourism taxes to help permanent residents benefit from living in a tourism hotspot. The measures were part of Airbnb’s "Healthy Tourism Commitment" published this week. 

She says: "We have collected $4 billion in 'tourism taxes' all around the world so where local authorities or regulators think it is in the best interests of communities to introduce tourism taxes, we will be supportive.”

 

The Scottish National Party has pledged to bring in a tourism tax in Edinburgh if it wins control of the council in next month’s local elections in May while the Welsh Government will launch a consultation on a tourism levy this autumn. Meanwhile the UK government announced last year that it would consult on introducing an industry-wide Tourism Accommodation Register to regulate the holiday let sector but has yet to make progress on the measure.

A statement from Airbnb says it can share its experience of taxes worldwide with UK local authorities “where there is clear support for such a measure to be introduced in the community.”

Cupples adds: “Our priority is to make sure the recovery is a success and to ensure communities can benefit from the return of tourism in a healthy and sustainable way. Since last year we have led calls on short-term lets rules being introduced and now, alongside communities in some parts of the UK, we are keen to see the government turn talk into action.” 

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    No she don’t disown Landlords but wants them all for herself. I have Commented on this yesterday in previous article Amanda Cupples the General Manager of AirBnB Europe, backed Government in proposal to Remove Section 21, very big of her when Short Term let’s don’t need the Protection of S.21.
    Also going to drive Thousands of even more Landlords into her clutches of Airbnb, get it right another parasite.

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    If anyone wanted to protect long term tenants and the jobs that come with the regular tourism industry there would be a requirement for all Airbnbs to have planning permission, licencing and pay proper tax.

    In the right place there is nothing wrong with Airbnb style letting but in the wrong place it's decimating communities and creating havoc for remaining residents.

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    Even more landlords will now be looking to quickly get their tenants out if they own in a tourist hotspot……. If they have not done already.

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    That's exactly what Airbnb wants to happen.

     
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    There are other short term let options other than AirB&B!

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    More cities are bringing in Airbnb clampdowns. Now Airbnb hope to head this off by getting their friends in government to override the LA bans with a sweetener tax and register. Minimising their profits, but allowing their business model to continue. These party flats must only be allowed in standalone, complete blocks. Not as parasites on residents blocks.

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    'Spokeswoman Amanda Cupples says Airbnb removes landlords from its platform if tenants have been unlawfully evicted, but has been powerless to stop that in the UK because of Section 21.

    "At the moment there are very few illegal evictions that we can take action against because they are done legally using Section 21.” '

    Eh? They can't take action against illegal evictions.... because they're not illegal??

    I think AirBNB need a better spin department.

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    Max, this is it exactly the removal of Section 21 is to prevent you getting your own Property back and making it illegal to do so, it will make previous Recessions look like a boom, removing the very foundation the whole industry is based on. I know what it was like before it was implemented virtually zero Property available to Rent and only a handful of letting Agents in London not like now at least a dozen in every Borough a real Landlord money spinner for the Government, Councils and Revenue plus the Thousands employed in the Business creating Billions of £’s per annum for the Economy with no input Financial of otherwise by them. Do the Government not know when they are on a roll or have they got a Treasonable death wish.

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    Jo. We have I believe restrictions on Houses of Multiple Occupation to prevent too many in a given area, in the shape of Article 4 where Planning Permission can be required, so why not for Airbnb or is it because they have taken over in scores of other Countries and dictating what Governments Policies should be, they are not Elected Representatives and not their remit to tell Government what laws to make.

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