Short-term rental market (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6046
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What action are you taking to ensure that the 90-day short-term rental limit is enforced, and have you had any recent discussions with AirBnB regarding their ability to ensure rules are not flouted?

Answers

Answer for Short-term rental market (2)
Short-term rental market (2)

Short-term rental market (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have been working with the sector to promote adherence to the 90-day short-term rental limit, as I have no powers to ensure it is enforced.

I welcomed Airbnb introducing a cap on listings above 90 days on their platform in January 2017, and I have been strongly encouraging other platforms to do the same. I have also discussed with the sector options for an information sharing protocol, which would allow boroughs to better enforce against illegal lettings activity.

I continue to have discussions with the different players in the sector, but I have been clear that if there is not sufficient progress toward effective self-regulation, I will be forced to call for legislative change from the national Government.