As you may know, since the beginning of the year, Airbnb established the 90 nights’ limit rule per calendar year in Greater London. As a landlord, this rule affects you if you wish to short let your property as an entire home.
The regulation in London
You are now restricted to short let your entire home to 90 days only, from 1st January to 31st December, unless you have a planning permission granted by your local council and allowing you to exceed the restriction.
In any case, you should comply with the short let regulations. Learn more on our article:
Automatic blocking of your listing on Airbnb
Airbnb keeps track of your lettings and will automatically block the bookings of your listing once the limit of 90 days is reached, but, your listing will still be open for next year's reservations.
It applies to all listings in the Greater London area. You will see a counter on the page where you manage your listings which will show how many days you have rented your place out since the beginning of the year.
If you have been exempt from this rule in your planning permission, please do fill in this form, and Airbnb will see that the limit on your listings is lifted.
Why has this rule been introduced by Airbnb?
Since its launch in 2008, Airbnb has become a major player in the tourism and travelling industry, bringing the city of London to its second largest market in terms of number of properties listed on their platform. Authorities and councils raised their concerns about the impact on long-term rentals for local residents, by this rule Airbnb wants "to help ensure that home sharing grows responsibly and sustainably, and makes London's communities stronger".
Is there any way I can go over Airbnb's 90-day limit without exemption?
There are possible ways of legally renting out your home for more than 90 days per calendar year. First of all, any stays for more than 90 days at a time is not considered a short-let stay. So, if you have reached your limit for the year, considering renting your home out on a long-let service. As per the 2015 Deregulation Act, these stays will not count towards your annual short-let stay allowance. Just be sure to remove your "maximum stay" restriction on your listing.
Secondly, these limits only apply to "entire home" listings, so you are still free to rent out one or two rooms. You can even combine a long-term rental of one room and short-let to the others.
What about other cities?
London is not the only city being regulated, Paris is restricted to 120 nights per year, 60 nights for Amsterdam, and short letting your entire home is even prohibited in Berlin.
There is nothing to be frightened about these new regulations as Luckey Homes is here to help you rent your property in a stress-free, legal and profitable manner.
If you are, or want to be, an Airbnb Host in London and you need some advice, get in touch with Luckey Homes, we would be happy to help you and assist you with your project!