Islington housing boss rejects Airbnb ban calls

PUBLISHED: 15:46 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:46 08 December 2017

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

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


The town hall will not ban Airbnb in Islington.

Martin Rutherford made this demand in the public questions section of last night’s council meeting. He was particularly worried about Airbnb lets in council estates, claiming people are abusing the system and causing disruption.

In his response, housing leader Cllr Diarmaid Ward made no mention of an Islington ban, but suggested City Hall should look at much stricter Airbnb rules in London as a whole.

Of current town hall policy, he said: “Council tenants are not permitted to sub-let their property. Therefore, if it is brought to our attention that the property is being sub-let, we will carry out an immediate investigation.”

Cllr Ward added leaseholders on estates need to apply for planning permission if they rent out their homes for more than 90 days a year. By March, he added, the council will have set up an Airbnb registration procedure so it can monitor lets.

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  • I agree that Airbnb is very popular, that people can choose and stay in various and interesting places in private properties with affordable prices, and once you register it allows freedom to stay all around the world, its very unique, also helps both hosts and guests financially. But what we must take into account is that, unfortunately Airbnb's regulations are not complies by the Airbnb themselves. Based on my experience as a host that I was hosting an entire apartment for a period of 6 months in 2017, that guests can have a rave party inviting as many friends as they wish by ignoring the house rules, that there is no control over the numbers of guests to arrive and to monitor what they do in the property. Airbnb's obviously not happy about the fact that guests caused problems to host and neighbours, who did not comply to the house rules but Airbnb argues in short, that noise and safety issues cannot be insured unless its physical damage. Unfortunately, Airbnb does not weight health and safety of the host's property and neighbouring flats, moreover they seem to be indifferent to those factors, according to corresponding with Airbnb recently. This means that there is zero protection for safety if one's not lucky. If boroughs in London, or City itself allows Airbnb to continue, then I urge not only allowing the council to monitor lets, but to consider introducing much more striker regulations on health and safety, such as noise, especially raves and anti-social behaviours. For sure, no one wants to bump into strangers walking around expensive private property and roaming premises e.g gardens and hallways, which is considered violation on safety as well.

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    Fumiko Mihara

    Friday, February 16, 2018

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