From the latest Herald:
Calls lodged for stricter rules on private holiday lets in Sidmouth
More needs to be done to ensure people are safe when using private holiday lets in Sidmouth, through websites such as AirBnB.
Sidmouth Town Council vowed to do all it could to support a change to the system after listening to a presentation from Sidmouth hotelier Jo Watson, of Dukes, and Alistair Handyside, of South West Tourism Alliance. The pair spoke about a campaign calling on the Government to introduce regulations.
Mr Handyside said: “In the old days before online travel agents like AirBnB, if you wanted to advertise a property you had to prove you had public liability insurance, a fire certificate, a gas certificate and that all the electronic appliances had been tested and were safe. Now all you need to do is take a picture on your mobile phone and click upload on the internet.”