The short-lets sector needs better standards and quality controls, according to one of its big players.
Host & Stay, which manages more than 500 properties across North Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland, the North East and South Wales, has joined the UK Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA) in a bid to help make these improvements.
It follows criticism of the sector by some local councils and MPs after many traditional landlords, particularly in the South West, switched to short-lets during the staycation boom.
It was recently reported that Devon has seen a staggering 70% drop in private rented properties over the last two years as a result.
Host & Stay director Dale Smith (main pic) explains: “We believe the short-let industry needs better standards and quality controls.
“We want to be part of those improvements and feel that the STAA is well positioned to support the growth of the sector in a responsible manner and is the association that really understands how the industry is changing and is best aligned to where the industry is actually heading.”
STAA chair Merilee Karr (pictured) says during the last 18 months, membership has grown considerably and that the trade body is in a very strong position to work with members to initiate industry change and drive responsible growth.
She adds: “Our reputation for collaboration with local authorities, government and other associations is well known.”
Host & Stay provides an end-to-end service for holiday home owners, offering customers a full package of services including finding the right properties to buy, providing interior design packages, professional photography, marketing, booking generation, maintenance, housekeeping and a full laundry and linen service.