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Airbnb Regulation - councils should control short lets, agents tell government

The letting agents’ trade body ARLA Propertymark is urging the government to regulate Airbnb and other short let platforms but to allow that regulation to vary area-to-area.

In a response to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport consultation on registration options for a short-term lets licensing in England, Propertymark says any scheme should not be compulsory for local authorities if they can prove short lets are having no impact on private rented supply in their area.

The trade body’s response includes this key comment: 


“Out of the options laid out by the UK Government, Propertymark favours the approach of an opt-in scheme for local authorities, with a national framework. This would enable resources to be prioritised in areas where local authorities have identified failing health and safety standards in short-term lets and or if the short-term lettings industry is negatively affecting the supply of long- term housing. 

“We envision that a framework would include guidelines on when a registration scheme would be recommended, such as a percentage of short-term lets that are failing to meet minimum standards and the requirement for evidence that the proliferation of short-term lets is having a negative impact on the availability on places to live. 

“By ensuring that evidence is provided, licensing schemes can be prioritised where they are needed and not introduced in areas where the scheme would have a detrimental affect on local residents and the economy.” 

Propertymark tells government that a balance must be struck between the local tourism industry and housing needs with local authorities being best placed to run the schemes and decide if they are necessary for their area.

However, it makes clear the ultimate solution to this is to increase the supply of homes of all tenures. 

“We have long called for licensing schemes to bring parity between the short-term lettings (STLs) and the privately rented sector. Not only would this ensure STLs meet the same standards as other rented properties, but in recent years, there have been concerns that landlords moving from the private rented sector to STLs would worsen supply issues within the PRS” it says.

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    • G W
    • 25 July 2023 07:19 AM

    Oh ARLA are being very vocal on holiday let’s but too quiet and too late on rental reforms

  • Roger  Mellie

    Regulation I would welcome. The London market is chock full of cowboys that have no clue what they're doing.

    Hit Man

    The whole country is chocker full of cowboy Landlords and Agents that have no clue, especially private landlords, with no Data protection license, No client account, no CMP, no professional indemnity insurance, no deposit scheme and no redress scheme.

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    I totally agree. Most landlords and a fair few agents are clueless of Legislation and really shouldn’t be in the job, but then again landlords usually want cheap and self let/manage landlords don’t want to pay full stop. I had a landlord recently selling a block of apartments where he still held all the deposits and proceeded to inform me agents are all crap and money grabbers!

    Hit Man

    The problem is that private landlords don't look at legislation many live in the past where they think nothing applies to them as long as they are getting their rent nothing else matters. When I speak with some they don't want to to use agents because agents do nothing for their money and cant see the point?


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