AirBnB: The short-let platform is pushing up rents and compromising people’s privacy and security.

In London, there is an annual 90-day limit on how long “entire homes” can be offered for short-term lets. At the end of 2016, Airbnb agreed to apply the same rule to its own listings, and it now proposes something similar in the Scottish capital – a sign, perhaps, that it may not be the cartoon villain some people think. But there are obvious ways round this obstacle: short-let profiteers can simply jump from platform to platform (similar anxieties apply to such services as TripAdvisor, booking.com, Onefinestay and HomeAway), relist rooms and flats on Airbnb with slightly changed addresses, or present whole flats or houses as individual rooms, turning them into so-called “ghost hotels”.

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