The concept of Airbnb sounds great because it allows homeowners the opportunity to cash in on their extra room for short periods. The concept is perfect particularly where there are no shared walls with neighbours and the properties are properly sound proofed. Unfortunately, most properties in the UK do not have this luxury, in some flats you can hear the toilet flushing next door, so it is not surprising to hear that the Airbnb concept is beginning to affect the lives of the people who live next to such properties.
Perhaps this type of letting will soon have some planning restrictions imposed to tackle the problem of noise.
Complaints about “nuisance” noise from Airbnb properties have increased more than seven-fold over the past year in one area of London, official data reveals. Islington’s noise disturbance unit has received 45 calls to September this year about noise at properties rented out on the short-term letting website — up from six calls last year. The dramatic increase is likely to be largely accounted for by a surge in the number of homes available for rent on Airbnb in the “party areas” of Clerkenwell, Old Street and Angel.