Airbnb host fined £100,000 for letting council flat

An Airbnb host who rented out his council flat to tourists has been fined £100,000 and evicted.

Council tenant Toby Harman, 37, created the fake identity “Lara” to rent out his flat.

Harman was taken to court. Following a failed appeal he was evicted and ordered to pay £100,974 in unlawful profits.

Airbnb said the council property listing had been removed from its website. A spokeswoman said,

“We regularly remind hosts to check and follow local rules – including on subsidised housing – and we take action on issues brought to our attention.

“Airbnb… works with London to limit how often hosts can share their space and we support proposals from the mayor of London for a registration system to help local authorities regulate short-term lets and ensure rules are applied equally to hosts on all platforms in the capital.”

 

 

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