Mark Whitehead 04 April 2019

Housing experts call for more regulation on Airbnb-style lets

Housing experts call for more regulation on Airbnb-style lets image

The Chartered Institute of Housing has called for regulation of Airbnb-style short-term lets to prevent the loss of private rented homes.

It says the rapid growth of Airbnb has been a boon to tourists and landlords but could displace long-term residents from their communities if left unregulated.

The institute's annual UK Housing Review says Airbnb alone has over 77,000 lets in Greater London, more than half of which are entire homes, mainly concentrated in Westminster, Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

Edinburgh has over 10,000 short-term lets, with its city centre ward alone having two Airbnb lets for every 13 homes, while the Isle of Skye in rural Scotland has one Airbnb letting for every 10 houses.

The institute says the growth in short-term lets could mean insurance, fire safety and planning permission could be at risk and communal spaces lost in 'globalhoods' dominated by Airbnb short-term lets.

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat said: 'We need to find a way to accommodate the housing needs of individual residents while allowing tourism to continue in our most popular locations.

'More regulation could be necessary if growth continues and local authorities still have no way to accurately monitor numbers.'

Rise in digital construction image

Rise in digital construction

Lee Ramsey explains how digital construction can help local authorities create better buildings and stronger communities.
Alternative lending sources image

Alternative lending sources

Roxana Mohammadian-Molina explores how innovative sources of funding can help solve the UK’s housing shortage.
Highways jobs

Air Quality Monitoring Project Manager

Birmingham City Council
£34,788 - £42,683
Seeking a skilled and dedicated individual with a background in environmental protection and air quality to... Birmingham, West Midlands
Recuriter: Birmingham City Council

Director of Children’s Services

London Borough of Bromley
£102,360 - £153,530 + relocation package up to £8,000
Looking for a successful leader who shares our vision for improving outcomes for children, young people, their carers and... Bromley (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Bromley

Key Stage 3&4 Teaching Assistant

Telford & Wrekin Council
£14,077 - £14,359 per annum
Successful candidate will be dedicated to improving outcomes for these children and to supporting families and other professionals. Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Head of Planning Policy, Transport & Infrastructure Planning

Berwick Partners
Competitive Salary
This is a senior position within Be First’s Planning & Building Control Team, and you will... London (Greater)
Recuriter: Berwick Partners

Residential Worker - Longwood Place

Essex County Council
£20200 - £26275 per annum
This is a permanent part time 21 hours a week position. Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, England, Essex
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine