Landlord groups call on London mayor Sadiq Khan for ‘swift removal’ of short-term let adverts from tube

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Landlord groups are urging London mayor Sadiq Khan to pull advertisements for short-term letting firms from the Transport for London (TfL) network. 


Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has added its support to calls for Khan to remove the adverts by Hostmaker from tubes and trains across London.


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The short-term let sector, lead by Airbnb, has boomed in recent years and is increasingly heavily regulated. Homes in London can only be let on a short-term basis of up to 90 nights a year, with Airbnb recently reaffirming its commitment to enforcing these rules.


According to RLA, listings on the short-term lettings site, Airbnb, increased by 60% to 53,000 listings in London in the 12 months to 2017 alone.


But despite the restrictions, the capital has seen a drop in the number of long-term rental properties and a recent BBC investigation found Hostmaker was one of a number of companies encouraging people to flout the rules around short-term letting.


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David Smith, policy director for the RLA, said: “While people have the right to do what they want with their properties, the movement of homes from the long term to short-term lettings sector is damaging to communities and to the supply of homes to rent for ordinary Londoners.


“The sentiment of these advertisements contradicts the Mayor’s own policy on short-term lettings, and we call for their swift removal.”


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24th May 2019