The London district of Peckham has followed the example of Barcelona, New York, Berlin and San Francisco in warning residents against listing their homes on home sharing sites such as Airbnb.
Peckham - known as the home of the TV series "Only fools and horses" - has become one of South London's trendiest neighbourhoods, but council tenants there have been warned of enforcement action should they sub-let their homes via short-term rental websites.
Airbnb has faced charges of inflating local housing markets around the world as whole properties - normally used for long-term lets - are rented out on a short-term basis by businesses with multiple properties. This is in sharp contrast to the original home sharing model of hosts renting a spare bedroom for a few nights.
"Airbnb has been seen to have a similar effect on neighbourhoods: as more people try to cash in on the sharing economy, rooms are often rented out to tourists rather than locals, as the returns are higher. “As far as we are concerned our homes are homes, not hotels,” said Cryson. “We want people in our council homes and on our council estates who are a part of the community, not visitors passing through.”