oncerns over rowdy Airbnb guests could prompt a Government crackdown on short-term lets, according to novel anti-social behaviour plans.
An action location published by the Government on Monday aims to stay short-term lets “importing anti-social behaviour into communities”.
It comes amid concerns about the potential for Airbnb lets – which see homeowners rent shared rooms or entire properties to holidaymakers or travellers – to cause anxiety for restful or residential communities.
Referencing noise problems, drunken behaviour and disorderly conduct, the location promises the creation of a novel registration scheme that would provide councils with the data to identify short-term lets in the local area.
If any short-term rental property proved “problematic”, local officials could catch action against guests and owners.
Communities Secretary Michael Gove earlier this month expressed concerns about the impact of short-term letting on local areas, promising to construct changes aimed at restricting “the way that homes can be turned into Airbnbs”, amid concerns about problems with holiday lets preventing younger workers from living and finding a job adjacent to home.
Mr Sunak was quizzed on the issue of Airbnb guests causing a nuisance to local residents at an event in Essex on Monday morning.
“Let me catch that away. I’ve got a feeling we are looking at that, from memory,” he said.
We are committed to being excellent partners to local communities in the UK, and acquire long supported the introduction of a national short-term lets register
Elsewhere, the Government also promised to target the “abominable” practice of cuckooing, with plans to construct it a novel criminal offence.
Cuckooing, where the home of a vulnerable person is taken over and used for illegal activity, has a “serious impact” on victims while also causing anti-social behaviour in communities.
An Airbnb spokesman said: “Parties are banned on Airbnb and our industry-leading prevention technology blocked more than 84,000 people in the UK from making certain unwanted bookings last year alone.
“Our 24/7 hotline for neighbours means anyone can contact us directly about a concern with a listing and we investigate and catch action on reports received.
“We are committed to being excellent partners to local communities in the UK, and acquire long supported the introduction of a national short-term lets register to give authorities better visibility of activity in their area.”