A UK city has become so inundated with Airbnbs that there is more than one listing for every four residential properties in the city.
Edinburgh residents have told of "chaos and worry" at the prospect of living under a holiday room in the city centre.
The data, published by the Sunday Times, comes despite the city being the UK's first Short-Term Let Control Area following new legislation from the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood.
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The aim of the measure is to make sure that long-term housing remains available for those who want it, but a recent study found that people who live in Edinburgh can earn £64 per night, or £448 per week, by giving up a room in their homes for short term rents.
Speaking to theEdinburgh Evening News, 55-year-old Gary Dickson said the situation was making his life a “misery”.
"Me and my son both suffer constantly from disturbances day and night. But the landlord ignores all concerns," he said.
"The constant change of guests over the years has been unbearable, people hauling bags up the stairs at 2am, 3am.
"We’ve called the landlord about it and spoken in person but they’ve acted like they are not aware of the problems.
"It’s so stressful, like living in a crate. It’s a worry for security too.
"The door gets left open, I’ve seen alcohol and syringes lying on their landing."
The city’s “very visible” housing shortage is laid bare by the situation, according to Edinburgh councillor Claire Miller.
"As part of the Airbnb explosion they are a very visual reminder of just how much housing we are losing into holiday rentals at a time when the city has an acute housing shortage."
Amanda Cupples, general manager for Northern Europe, Airbnb, said: "Across the UK, the typical Host shares one home, often their primary residence, for just three nights a month, and four in ten say the additional income helps them stay in their homes and afford rising living costs – as well as boosting local businesses and communities that don't typically benefit from tourism.
"We recognise historic housing challenges in parts of the UK and we want to help. That's why we have led calls for new rules that give local authorities the tools they need to know what is going on in their communities, support local Hosts who rely on the additional income, and clampdown on speculators who drive local concerns."
The Daily Star has contacted Airbnb for further comment.
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