14 Nov 23
A clampdown has found 18 council homes were being unlawfully sublet on Airbnb and other short let platforms.
The investigation led by Milton Keynes council found that 18 social housing tenants were profiting from the properties, with homes advertised on platforms such as Airbnb.
In one case, a property was being advertised as a holiday home with people being charged £500 per week.
Since then, MK council has returned the properties back into proper use to families in need.
It is illegal for council tenants to sublet their properties under any circumstances and MK council is now urging anyone with information about other examples to come forward.
“Subletting our homes and depriving a family actually in need of the property is illegal and we will not tolerate it … We’ll continue carrying out further investigations and won’t hesitate to take action” says a spokesperson for the authority.
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