Map exposes how Airbnb has taken over Britain’s top holiday destinations
Airbnb has seen the quickest rise in the Peak District, one of the UK’s most popular national parks. The number of short-term rentals soared by 37 percent in the popular staycation area.
The Peak District saw the biggest jump in the number of Airbnbs with a rise of 37 percent from 2019 to 2022. There were 4,523 Airbnbs registered in the region in 2022 compared to just 3,295 in 2019.
Dorset came just behind seeing a 36 percent jump in the number of properties with a whopping 10,782 available in 2022.
London had the most registered Airbnbs at 42,399 but had seen a 42 percent drop in the number of properties listed since 2019.
Cornwall has the highest number of Airbnbs with 20,387 while Devon was in second place with 15,475.
Shropshire and Herefordshire, Norfolk and Kent were also trending areas, seeing rises of more than 20 percent in the number of rentals.
Short-term holiday lets such as those listed on the Airbnb platform can be controversial as they push up prices for local residents.
Residents in Cornwall have complained they can no longer afford to rent a home in the area where they grew up.
In some areas, local people have moaned about excess noise and mess when tourists stay at the properties.
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Parties were banned on Airbnb in 2020 and the platform operates a zero-tolerance policy towards the issue.
Earlier this year, a couple were fined for breaching lockdown rules in March 2021 when they hosted a party at a £2 million Sandbanks Airbnb.
The owner, Nick Briant, told the court the damage from the party had cost around £1,000 to clear up.
Despite the popularity of Airbnb, some tourists have complained about extra charges such as the cleaning fee on properties.
Other tourists have taken to social media to moan about having to clean the apartment themselves at the end of their stay despite paying the fee.
Several holiday hotspots around the globe have introduced restrictions on Airbnb with Venice one of the latest to announce plans to do so.
A candidate for mayor of Malaga has also said he plans to restrict short-term rentals if he wins the election.
In some cities, Airbnb hosts are only allowed to rent their home on the platform for a certain number of days per year.
Published at Thu, 30 Mar 2023 12:28:00 +0000