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Islington Council urged to consider banning Airbnb

PUBLISHED: 11:18 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:18 05 December 2017

Islington is a popular Airbnb destination. But the council has been asked to consider banning Airbnb lets across the borough. Picture: Google Street View

Islington is a popular Airbnb destination. But the council has been asked to consider banning Airbnb lets across the borough. Picture: Google Street View

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An Islington man is calling on the town hall to ban Airbnb across the borough.

An Islington man is calling on the town hall to ban Airbnb across the borough.

Martin Rutherford will make the demand at a full Islington Council meeting on Thursday night.

He will tell housing boss Cllr Diarmaid Ward: “I would like to propose that Islington Council ban all residents allowing the use of Airbnb and similar companies in their properties, but particularly council estates that have a security gate system.

“We never know who are using these properties and [...] we do not feel safe that these strangers have access to our security fobs which they can pass around. There have been numerous reports of people abusing this system to have parties and cause disruption.”

The Gazette has reported on a couple of notable cases this year, including an all-night “rave” in a Canonbury flat and a Barnsbury woman who said Airbnb customers in the flat above were so loud that she slept in her car.

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