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Short-term lets scheme must be mandatory

The short-term lets registration scheme must be mandatory to drive real change and level the accommodation playing field, UKHospitality said today as the Government’s consultation on the scheme was launched.

The introduction of the a short-term lets registration scheme is a significant victory for UKHospitality and its members. It is an area we have been campaigning on for many years, in order to level the playing field in the accommodation sector.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “Many businesses across the short-term letting market are not operating to the same legal standards as hotels, and a mandatory scheme is desperately needed to bring them up to scratch.

“UKHospitality has long been arguing that a registration scheme for short-term lets is essential to ensure parity across accommodation in the UK and I’m delighted that Government is taking action in England.

“Consumers deserve to know that wherever they stay, they will be experiencing the high standards of health and safety, fire safety and accessibility that they rightly expect.

“For that reason, the Government needs to ensure this scheme delivers change and both registration and inspections must be mandatory. An opt-in scheme will simply provide a loophole that will allow short-term lets to continue to fall well below the high standards that have been set by hotels for decades.”