The government launches a review of short-term tourist accommodations


A scheme for registered kite tags and spot safety checks could be part of government plans to find out the impact of short-term holidays and holidays in England’s tourist hotspots.

Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said the newly launched review seeks to “reap the benefits of the boom in short-term holidays while protecting the interests of society and ensuring England has high-quality tourist accommodation”.

He added that no decisions have been made yet, but the review will help us “identify options that need to be considered so we can protect our much-loved communities and thriving holiday industry.”

Physical inspections of property can be used to ensure compliance with regulations covering areas such as health, safety, noise, and anti-social behaviour.

A government review of the impact of short-term vacation leave could also include a “kitemark” scheme for scoring with surprise checks for compliance with rules on issues such as gas safety.

Additional measures the government is considering include a self-certification scheme for potential hosts to register under, and better information or a single source of guidance outlining legal requirements for providers.

Airbnb data shows a 33% increase in UK listings between 2017 and 2018, from 168K in 2017 to 223K in 2018.

The government is inviting feedback over a 12-week period from a range of people and businesses including information from hosts, online platforms, accommodation companies and local authorities.

The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) says the increase in the use of online platforms for short-term rental has enabled people to make money renting out rooms and spare properties, but there could be an impact on housing supply and prices in these areas.

He adds that concerns have been raised about an uptick in antisocial behavior including noise, growling and drunken behaviour.

There were also concerns about a reduced level of protection for guests due to neglect of health and safety regulations.

Airbnb, which said in a 2018 report that a typical UK host on its platform earns an average of £3,100 a year, found that 72% of people said the environmental benefits of home sharing played a role in their use of their platform. travel plans.

The Deregulation Act 2015 will be considered to see what measures can be taken to tackle anti-social behavior in London while allowing residents to rent out their homes.

“It is a good time to consider how we can protect all consumers, regardless of property owner business model, and level the playing field between traditional businesses and those on newer platforms,” said David Weston, president of the Bed & Breakfast Association.

Merrilly Carr, of the Short-Term Accommodation Association, said: “Short-term rentals and holiday rentals play an increasingly important role in the English tourism economy by contributing large numbers of jobs to local communities and generating valuable sources of income for homeowners and local businesses.

“Any new regulatory solution must acknowledge this contribution and seek to support the industry as an important part of the broader British tourism sector.”

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