Home or Hotel? A contemporary challenge in the use of Housing Stock

Tom Simcock*

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Since the Global Financial Crash, there have been significant changes to the private rented sectors across the UK. The PRS has become increasingly important to providing housing to millions of homes and has gained increasing political and regulatory focus. At the same time, there has been a substantial increase in the number of short-term holiday lets enabled by online platforms such as Airbnb. There are concerns that this housing stock is being lost from residential housing and exacerbates issues of housing equality. This paper undertakes a case study of Airbnb growth in London to examine changes in listings and provides insight into Airbnb hosts. The extant literature and analysis in this paper support the argument of the loss of privately rented properties, with housing stock being reallocated as tourist accommodation, potentially displacing local communities. Finally, the paper analyses the struggles this poses for policymakers, communities and housing providers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHousing Studies
Early online date12 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2021


  • Sharing Economy
  • Airbnb
  • Private Landlords
  • Private Rented Sectors
  • Property Investment


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