Airbnb adds support for government to introduce hospitality registers

UK: Airbnb has approved calls to register its hosts with governments in countries around the world to eliminate rule violations on its platform.

The home-sharing platform suggested a registration system, whereby users would be required to obtain a unique number from the government that would allow them to list their home on major OTAs, including Airbnb.

Airbnb co-founder Nate Blecharczyk told The Times the plan would support both housing and tourism laws specific to the cities where its hosts are located.

He said: “Many communities have a lot of rules regarding housing and tourism. So rather than having an antagonistic approach, or not having an approach, we are going to seek a partnership. “

In Scotland, Airbnb recently created its Edinburgh Community Fund in place of a mandatory tourist tax, also known as the ‘transient visitor tax’, on all tourists to the city during the pandemic, which had originally mentioned by the Scottish Nationalist Party. [SNP]. The company is committed to donating £ 5 from every booking in the Scottish capital to local causes.

Meanwhile, a 90-day annual limit on short-term rentals is enforced in London, although it has long been alleged that companies are finding loopholes to circumvent rental laws by switching ads between Airbnb and d ‘other booking platforms.

The UK Short Term Accommodation Association has welcomed Airbnb to the debate on the future of short term rentals and vacation rentals in the UK.

Merilee Karr, President of STAA and CEO of UnderTheDoormat, said: “We welcome Airbnb’s work on future approaches to short-term rentals and vacations and the opportunity to deepen discussions and l ‘engagement on industry registration with all relevant stakeholders.

“STAA represents a managing member of tens of thousands of UK properties who want to develop the short-term vacation rental industry in a responsible and sustainable manner. The growth of the sector over the past five years is expected to play a significant role this year in the recovery as UK vacations become a staple vacation choice for many families as restrictions on overseas travel appear to be in place for the foreseeable future.

“We think it’s great that one of our member companies and one of the industry’s leading consumer brands is researching stakeholders and proposing positions to help find constructive policy solutions to help the industry. industry to develop responsibly.

“The demand for vacation accommodation in this country is an important source of income for hosts and communities across the country. Guest preferences have shifted to short-term rentals and vacation rentals, where guests are reassured by the high level of cleaning standards and the natural ability to socially distance themselves in their accommodation.

“Data from our members shows that bookings, revenues and occupancy levels are starting to recover to the levels seen in 2019. The industry now has a chance to rebuild itself and many hosts and operators in the market will have the chance to start earning a lot again. necessary income, as do the businesses of the local communities in which they are located.

“While home countries decide to explore registration systems further, best practices established in other European countries point to an industry-wide online system that is simple to use, easy to use. access and inexpensive to administer and register. This will allow homeowners to operate transparently and in accordance with local policy and legislation without overwhelming barriers to being able to share their homes while they would otherwise be sitting empty, ”she added.

Last month, Airbnb announced its “most comprehensive” service updates ever, which include the promise of “world-class support” for its global community of hosts and guests. The company will offer everything from emergency information to support for community leaders, updated safety resources and a redesigned help center.

In addition to ensuring a more coordinated response to violence or illegal parties in rentals, Airbnb has launched review dispute updates to allow hosts to challenge reviews left by guests who violate party bans. , and developed new city portal tools to help city officials manage short-term rental policies and regulations, to build trust and reliability in its service.

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