Brighton and Hove Airbnb and TripAdvisor properties revealed

THE number of holiday rentals has doubled in Brighton and Hove in five years and has helped fuel higher rents and more noise complaints, according to a new report.

The report, addressed to members of Brighton and Hove City Council, said 3,340 local properties and 1,568 rooms were listed on the Airbnb website last month.

In August 2016, there were 1,307 listed properties and 919 rooms, according to the report by the council’s Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee.

In 2018, the Brighton and Hove Visitor Accommodation Study found 2,359 properties on short-term holiday rental websites.

Of these, 1,254 were on Airbnb, with the second highest number, 403 on TripAdvisor.

The report also contains the council’s draft response to a government consultation on a proposed ‘tourist accommodation scheme’ to address the problems caused by the holiday rental boom.

The council said the effect of short-term holiday rentals on the local housing market was a “major issue”.

The sheer number of homes and rooms devoted to vacation rentals appears to have reduced the number of homes available for long-term rental.

It is “stifling” the supply of rental accommodation while driving up prices for tenants in a city where there are around 37,500 private rental units.

The report states, “Housing demand and rising private sector rents are having a negative effect on housing affordability in the city.

“The lack of affordable housing supply has an economic impact on our ability to retain low-income working households and employment in the city across all sectors.

“With less stock available and the same (or increasing) number trying to access it, this will lead to higher market rents. We continue to see an increase in advertised rents at most size properties.

Data from the Valuation Office Agency and the Office for National Statistics indicate that average rental prices per calendar month are ‘consistently higher’ in Brighton and Hove than in other parts of the South East and England .

The averages are

Room – £516

Studio – £715

One bedroom house – £930

Two-bedroom house – £1,259

Three bedroom house – £1,541

Four-bedroom house – £2,235

Complaints about vacation rental noise rose from 13 in 2018 to 54 last year, peaking at 80 in 2020.

This year, the council has received 16 complaints and is setting up a central point of contact for residents to raise concerns about vacation rentals.

Councilors are asked to support sending a response to the consultation to provide evidence to the government as it considers a national registration system for short-term rentals.

In June 2021, the largest short-term rental company, Airbnb, released a white paper calling on the government to create a check-in system.

The council’s Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee is due to meet at Brighton Town Hall on Thursday September 15. The meeting should be broadcast on the board’s website.

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