This morning Airbnb sent an email to its hosts to make them aware of a piece of regulation passed in 2015 that allows short term lets without planning permission to operate for up to 90 nights per calendar year.

The 90-day rule was introduced by the Government in 2015 to allow landlords to temporarily rent out their properties on sites such as Airbnb, without being subject to a planning permission. It was a victory for many homesharers who had been fighting for their right to share their homes.

“Most Airbnb hosts had no idea about this until now” says Marc Figueras, founder of KeyNest, a network of 18 cafés & convenience stores across London where Airbnb users can securely drop off and collect keys. “The government says it’s up to the local councils to enforce it – but we haven’t yet heard of anyone being found in breach of the rule. I suspect the homesharing community will be up in arms if councils start using the 90-day rule to take away their right to share their homes.”

About KeyNest

KeyNest enables Londoners to share access to their property while they're away, using their existing keys. KeyNest is proud to support London’s sharing economy by designing products that eliminate barriers to trust. KeyNest believes Airbnb hosting should be easy, and that life is too short to spend it waiting at home to let someone in.

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Founded in 2015 by Marc Figueras and Florian Hoven and incubated by Life Ventures, KeyNest enables hosts to share keys remotely by storing them in a local store, and sharing an access code with guests. The service is currently available in over 120 stores across 15 UK cities, and has already welcomed over 20,000 tourists and business travellers. KeyNest also has a key management system that tracks keys in and out of business premises using RFID fobs, which is used by estate agents and property managers.