Thursday August 6, 2020

Home owners flouting rules on short-term lets

Some 1,700 Airbnb hosts in rent pressure zones are failing to register properties with local councils

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

26th July, 2020
Domestic bookings on short-term letting sites slumped in recent months due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions but they have picked up again as people look for staycations

About 1,700 home owners in rent pressure zones are suspected of ignoring the regulations for renting their properties out on short-term letting sites like Airbnb.

Since last year, hosts on Airbnb have been required to register their property with their local council if they are in a rent pressure zone. They can only rent out an entire property for a maximum of 90 days without requiring planning permission.

But the rules have been widely flouted, with just...

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