For the last six years, ASAP has insisted that Quality Accredited Members make the safety of guests a top priority, and has been working to spread this duty of care across the wider industry. It is one area where the sharing economy has fallen behind, with even Superhosts able to leave the box about alarms unchecked during the registration and booking process.

Now Airbnb is to alert guests before they make a booking if the host hasn’t reported having a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm, although it still won’t require the devices at its 5 million properties apart from Airbnb Plus rentals, or where local laws demand them. Airbnb has been offering the alarms free to hosts for the last four years, but it is at their discretion if they use them.

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