At as time when The Times has discovered that 20% of UK Airbnb hosts have more than 10 listings, and more than 50% have more than one, the platform is shown to be openly moving away from its original stated intention of matching hosts with spare rooms with renters looking for accommodation.

Professional management companies including rival sites such as Onefinestay and Veeve also list, but name an individual as the host rather than showing that it is a commercial listing.

Airbnb has more than 6 million listings in 191 countries and 100,000 cities worldwide, and its hotel listings have grown 150% in one year, bolstered by its recent acquisition of HotelTonight and this week’s of Urbandoor, a network of professionally managed, furnished apartments for business travellers.

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