Airbnb lets may be unsafe, MPs warn

    Boom in unregulated short-term rentals is fuelled in part by unscrupulous businesses posing as private owners

     Lettings offered online through firms such as Airbnb have boomed. Unlike conventional hotels and b&bs, none are safety regulated or vetted. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

    Growing numbers of professional holiday letting firms are hiding from regulation by using Airbnb and other sites, putting holidaymakers at risk, MPs will warn this week.

    While hotels and b&bs are subject to fire safety regulations and other checks, homeowners do not have to prove their properties are safe before letting them out via holiday rental sites such as Airbnb.

    A report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tourism, Leisure and the Hospitality Industry, to be published this week, will reveal evidence that a large number of businesses are using these holiday rental platforms, which do not enforce checks.