Figures released by Airbnb and analysed by the BBC show the increase in bookable rooms across major UK cities, leading to the rise of of “hollowed out communities”.

Edinburgh listings have doubled in three years, to around one Airbnb listing for every 42 residents, and increased fourfold in London to nearly 80,000. Airbnb said its activities had boosted the Scottish economy by £1.5m a day, and the UK economy as a whole by £3.5bn during 2018.

This article examines four cities in detail and considers the need for some kind of restriction in order to preserve local areas for residents, citing infrastructure, anti-social behaviour and disruption to local housing as issues.

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