Joining other nations across Europe and states across the US, UK MPs have called on the government to act on regulation of disruptive change in the digital sharing economy, recognising that sites such as Airbnb involve many “professional landlords” acting outside regulation. The top 1,000 hosts net around £150 million in annual revenue.

Among other rules, they seek a cap on the number of nights a year accommodation can be let, and have said businesses must not be excluded from safeguards such as health and safety regulations, nor taxation.

Current EU law is seen as unenforceable and falling short in its scope.

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