Airbnb had previously toed the coronavirus line by telling users they could make bookings only if they were key workers or required “essential stays”. Rival platform does not currently flag such limits.

With lockdown on hotels and rentals lifting across the UK over the coming weeks, alarm has been raised about noisy, drug-fulled, illegal parties being held in Airbnb rentals ahead of lifting lockdown.

The platform said it had seen no evidence to connect the incidents with its business and did not respond to a request from the BBC for comment.