The increasingly rancourous debate between Airbnb landlords and legislators will come to a head in York this week as the city's MP convenes a public meeting to discuss the growing problem of short lets within its walls.
MP Rachel Maskell (main picture) is one of six mostly Labour MPs sponsoring an Early Day Motion in the parliament that would establish a Short Term Holiday Let Licencing Scheme across England and is also behind moves to use planning laws to regulate them.
They are calling on the Government to:
Ministers in England have been paying attention and on April 23rd launched two consultations – one on planning and the other on a registration scheme - to try and balance the needs of local businesses serving the ‘staycation’ sector and the ‘hollowing out’ problems too many Airbnb properties can cause for local communities.
York is one of the battlefronts along with Edinburgh and many English and Welsh coastal and rural hotspots such as the Lake District.
Maskell recently revealed that there are some 2,000 Airbnbs operating within York and is urging everyone including Airbnb landlords to contribute to the Government’s consultation.
She believes Airbnb or short-lets must be curbed both in York and across the nation, saying that she was “determined to see the law change over Short Term Holiday Lets and these two Government consultations are the next step of the journey”.
Her meeting takes place on Thursday 25th at 6.30pm at Southlands Methods Church in York.
Picture credit: Labour Party/Rachel Maskell