According to figures obtained from Inside Airbnb, there has been a 200% growth in the number of properties listed on Airbnb between 2016 and 2020. We know that the rise of short-term holiday lets in what were previously residential areas is having a negative effect on these neighbourhoods. Many of our members have experienced disruption, noise and waste from the rise of Airbnb. Furthermore, as has been demonstrated in research by Greater Manchester Housing Action, the growth of Airbnb is having an inflationary effect on the value of land and the cost of rent in our city.
We call on the council to act. Other councils such as Liverpool have put in place measures to address the impact short term lets are having on neighbourhoods. And where powers do not currently exist, councils must lobby national government for London-style powers to restrict Airbnb.
Working with our partners at Greater Manchester Housing Action we are pulling together a citizens taskforce on Airbnb to track the prevalence of short-term lets in the city, and pressure the council to act. If you want more information get in touch here.