LONDON, Dec 1 ― Beginning next year, travellers headed to the British capital may have fewer Airbnb accommodations to choose from, following a new rule that will impose a 90-day limit for London hosts.
In a post published on Airbnb's UK site, hosts were notified that the booking system will automatically limit listings for entire homes in Greater London to 90 nights per calendar year.
Renting out homes for more than 90 nights will require special permission.
The move follows a growing chorus of criticism and discontent around Airbnb activities and the housing supply in London.
Critics claim that landlords are turning homes into revolving door hotels, instead of renting them out long-term, taking housing options off the market.
The new rule is effective January 2017.
London is the latest city to face a rental limit. Home rentals in Amsterdam also face a 60-day cut-off.
Last week, Barcelona announced plans to slap €600,000 (RM2.8 million) fines on Airbnb and HomeAway for listing accommodations without obtaining proper permits to host tourists.
New York state also tightened rental rules in October, penalising hosts who rent out their entire apartments for less than 30 days. ― AFP-Relaxnews