Airbnb and short-let hosts will be able to apply for national accreditation as the industry attempts to stamp out unscrupulous landlords.

Thought to be the first scheme of its kind anywhere in the world, it is being launched next month and is backed by the Government. The assessments will be voluntary and examine a property’s safety, cleanliness and legality.

Merilee Karr, chairwoman of the UK Short-Term Accommodation Association (STAA) which is behind the accreditation, said: “With a new industry, everyone is trying to figure out what this should look like. How do you make sure hosts know what the health and safety standards are and what the legal requirements are? If it’s not done properly that creates its own issues.”


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