Airbnb held a roundtable event in Cardiff (28/02/2020) where hosts, local politicians, and stakeholder groups came together to consult on proposals for a clear, modern and simple registration system for short-term rentals.
The meeting was held as part of Airbnb’s registration roadshow. The UK does not currently have a registration scheme for short-term lets, and some local authorities and politicians have stated that a registration system run by the Government is essential to managing home sharing effectively.
Andrew Campbell, Wales Tourism Alliance Chair, stated, ‘Whilst the Wales Tourism Alliance provides in-principle support for an industry wide registration scheme, we want the scope of the proposals to aim toward creating a level playing field in relation to the regulation of Short Term Holiday Lets and ensure equal and fair opportunity to Markets for all tourism businesses. We welcome Airbnb’s early initiative in devising this Industry White Paper’. Patrick Robinson, Director of Public Policy, at Airbnb, said: “We want to be good partners to cities and work together on a clear and simple host registration system that works for everyone and makes communities stronger. Airbnb has long led the way on home sharing rules in London. Now we want to work with cities across the UK on proposals that work for them too.”
Airbnb was the first platform to automatically restrict how often London hosts can share their homes to support the local 90-day hosting limit. It has also backed calls from the Mayor of London to introduce a registration system in the capital to ensure that these rules are applied fairly and equally to hosts on all platforms. Through the roadshow, Airbnb will continue this work and engage with major cities across the UK on these proposals.