Summertime and the letting is easy…
London in late summer is a wonderful thing. Leafy parks to stroll through, you can still catch languid lunches and sultry suppers at the thousands of wonderful places to eat. The city is still full to the brim of tourists seeking the London experience.
Tourists need accommodation and riding high on the technological wave is Airbnb. It works like any holiday booking site: prospective travellers go online, select the dates they wish to travel and pick from a list of options.
Founded in 2008 it has changed the holiday scene radically, partly because of its scale of enabling regular property owners to make extra cash by renting out their space.
For a property manager therein lies the problem. Managing multiple occupancy buildings is a high wire act at the best of times. Negotiating the range of requirements is complex so adding to the mix an unknown stream of visitors to the building is becoming an issue on a range of levels.
We wrote previously about the issues regarding Short Term Lets. http://www.sandrovebrahams.com/blog/short-term-lets One of the main problems being that short-term lettings can have disastrous effects on the amenity offered by the building, as short-term tenants are often noisy, transient and uninterested in the long-term comfort of residents.
We are seeing more and more issues as a direct result of Airbnb guests. The fragile eco-system of ‘community’ in communal living can become disturbed.