Bed & Breakfast News Christmas 2016 (#43) - Page 5

Visit our website: | | 5 According to an Airbnb-sponsored analysis of its data by think-tank IPPR, the number of active London listings is expected to rise 85 per cent this year compared with 2015. Earlier this year, Westminster City Council, which covers a large part of central London, said it was investigating 1,200 properties accused of breaking the 90-night rule but that it was “a real challenge for us to gather the necessary evidence”. The council “cautiously welcomed” Airbnb’s move, but said the service could still adversely affect London residents in other ways - noting that some Airbnb visitors engaged in “antisocial behaviour” resulting in “a large number of noise complaints”. See p12 on ‘levelling the playing-field’ with Airbnb.