Airbnb has questioned research that shows it is now so prevalent in Great Britain that some parts of the country have one listing for every four properties. The company says many listings are of a type that wouldn’t be used for housing, such as caravans or large manor houses.

This rapid expansion in short-term lets is depriving communities of much-needed homes in both rural areas and inner-cities, with the highest incidence of listings in Edinburgh Old Town, with 29 active listings for every 100 properties.

The Isle of Skye has 25 listings per 100 properties, the second highest, while areas in Devon such as Woolacombe, Georgeham and Croyde, are highest ratio in England, with 23 listings for every 100 properties.

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