Airbnb announces London lettings restrictions

Reports that online lettings platform Airbnb 'has caved in to pressure by announcing a crackdown on landlords letting homes on its website illegally' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The company "said that from next month it would not allow homeowners to let entire properties for more than 90 days a year unless they had proof of planning permission. The cap applies only to London but opens the door for other cities to impose similar rules", the Times (subscription required) reports.

The Guardian reports that "a quarter of London homes listed on Airbnb were rented for more than 90 days last year".

The number of households affected by aircraft noise "is set to rise sharply under plans for the biggest overhaul of Britain’s airspace in more than 50 years", the Times (subscription required) reports. The newspaper says that "more flight paths will be created for the biggest airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham, to accommodate additional flights and cut delays, it will be announced today".

A new £310 million factory in Hull that makes wind turbine blades has been hailed by ministers as proof that manufacturing has a "glittering" future in the UK, the Guardian reports. The newspaper says that the "first batch of 75-metre blades have emerged from the plant, part of a vast ‘green port’ built by Siemens and partners at docks that used to export Yorkshire coal."

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