Report reveals number of private rentals being converted into Airbnbs

The trend of landlords evicting private renters and turning their properties into more lucrative Airbnbs is having a drastic effect on the market, a report by Scarborough council has found.

The number of private rental properties in the centre of the seaside town has fallen from an average of 25 in 2017 to just six in 2022, while numbers of holiday lets have risen dramatically.


Council officers have witnessed a significant drop off in the availability of private rented stock in the borough.

The report said: “We have also seen examples of private landlords evicting tenants in order to convert [properties] into Airbnb and holiday lets.”

A number of landlords have decided to get into Airbnb after experiences with bad tenants as well as less profitability.

Short-term landlords have been able to claim expenses like mortgage interest.

Last month, the government launched a consultation into how to balance the need for tourist accommodation with homes for locals to live in, while the deadline for responses is 21 September.

Rachael Maskell, the York Central Labour MP, has proposed introducing a licence to turn domestic properties into short-term and holiday-let accommodation, giving local authorities the power to issue fines and to remove licences, and banning properties in certain areas.

Some councils are using taxation to try and prevent this trend, as North Yorkshire is considering proposals introducing a 100% premium for council tax bills on second homes.

Comments 2

  1. While holiday letting is more lucrative and less stressful than long term letting we all know that landlords will continue to convert. Plus the fact that according to Cornwall County Council my long term let is classed as my second home whereas if I converted to a holiday let it would be taxed and treated as a business. They have informed that should they go down the road of double council tax on second homes that should my property be empty I would be liable to pay the increase.

  2. Funny that no mention is made about landlords leaving the PRS in anticipation of the renters reform bill with section 21 being banned, compulsory landlord registration and membership of ombudsman schemes, decent homes inspections and the possibility that you might have to go to court to sell your rental property as selling is not proposed to be a mandatory ground for evicting tenants under the new section 8 and of course the changing EPC regulations where landlords of older properties could be forced to spend an average of £10,000 to upgrade.

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