Westminster Council plans to curb Airbnb boom with overnight charge

Hotels and short-term letters could be facing more challenges in London as Westminster City Council plans to implement an “overnight levy” for tourists as it looks to clamp down on a rise in Airbnb rooms. 

Hoping to introduce the charge so visitors staying overnight are “playing their part” in the maintenance of the city, the London authority is hoping to target a vast number of Airbnb rooms in Westminster, which has more residencies listed than any other borough.  

Hotels, both independent and group-owned, will also have to pay the charge.

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