The Professional Host Alliance, a trade body for Airbnb hosts and property managers, has been launched, claiming to rebuild confidence in the sector by promoting professionalism among the hosts.

Information about the alliance shows why the sector needs more professionalisation so badly, following reports of properties being used as party houses and as bases for prostitution, drug dealing and scams.

One of the Professional Host Alliance founders is Lavanda, a short-let platform that works with estate agents to plug void periods.