Responding to the announcement that Transport for London has refused to renew Uber's licence to operate in London, Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, said:
“London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan hit the nail on the head when he said: “all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect - particularly when it comes to the safety of customers. Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security.”
“By listing on sharing accommodation platforms rogue landlords are not identified and can operate outside the law. They can break London’s 90-day limit on home sharing and ignore fire, safety and tax laws – the result - a deeper housing crisis and increased noise, nuisance and crime in local communities. These landlords and their hidden activities should be targeted next.
“Whilst Transport for London is carrying out its duty to protect the safety of Londoners, there is no comparable body to regulate the so-called ‘home’ sharing economy in London. So, we urge the Mayor to work with Local Councils to ensure that tax laws, fire safety, noise, nuisance and planning regulations will not continue to be ignored.”